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

Examples from the Web for neapolitan

Contemporary Examples of neapolitan

Historical Examples of neapolitan

  • There was no name dearer to Englishmen than that of Poerio to his Neapolitan fellow-countrymen.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • If you complain he will be immediately promoted, agreeably to the Neapolitan custom.

  • The Neapolitan story which he told the other day at dinner was of himself.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • Hermione knew something of the persistent infidelities of Neapolitan men.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • The natural supposition in a Neapolitan would, of course, have been that Artois was her lover.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for neapolitan



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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