[ nee-uh-pol-i-tn ]
/ ˌni əˈpɒl ɪ tn /


of, relating to, or characteristic of Naples: a Neapolitan love song.


a native or inhabitant of Naples.

Origin of Neapolitan

1375–1425; late Middle English Neopolitan < Latin Neāpolītānus. See Naples (< Greek Neā́polis literally, new town), -ite1, -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for neapolitan


/ (ˌnɪəˈpɒlɪtən) /


a native or inhabitant of Naples


of or relating to Naples

Word Origin for Neapolitan

C15: from Latin Neāpolītānus, ultimately from Greek Neapolis new town

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Word Origin and History for neapolitan



early 15c., "native or resident of Naples," literally "of Naples," from Latin Neapolitanus, from Neapolis (see Naples); it preserves in English the Greek name of the city. As an adjective from 1590s. As a type of ice cream, from 1871; originally meaning both "ice cream of three layers and flavors" and "ice cream made with eggs added to the cream before freezing." In early 18c., Neapolitan consolation meant "syphilis."

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