[ puh-lur-moh, -lair-; Italian pah-ler-maw ]
/ pəˈlɜr moʊ, -ˈlɛər-; Italian pɑˈlɛr mɔ /


a seaport in and the capital of Sicily, in the NW part.


Pa·ler·mi·tan [puh-lur-mi-tn, -lair-], /pəˈlɜr mɪ tn, -ˈlɛər-/, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for Palermo

/ (pəˈlɛəməʊ, -ˈlɜː-, Italian paˈlɛrmo) /


the capital of Sicily, on the NW coast: founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century bc Pop: 686 722 (2001)
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Cultural definitions for Palermo

[ (puh-lair-moh, puh-lur-moh) ]

City in northwest Sicily on the Tyrrhenian Sea, an arm of the Mediterranean Sea; capital of Sicily.

notes for Palermo

Palermo's convenient location has made it an important port for trans-Mediterranean shipping for three thousand years. Settled by Phoenicia in the eighth century b.c., it has come under the influence of many civilizations, including the Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire. It has also come under the control of the Arabs and the French. Palermo has long been a center for art and architecture.
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