What does Cairo mean?

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ˈkaɪ roʊcairo

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Caironoun

    a town at the southern tip of Illinois at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers

  2. Cairo, Al Qahira, El Qahira, Egyptian capital, capital of Egyptnoun

    the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa; a major port just to the south of the Nile delta; formerly the home of the Pharaohs


  1. Caironoun

    The capital city of Egypt. It is the largest city in Africa. Population (2000) = 7,010,000.


  1. Caironoun

    Any of several cities and towns in the United States.

  2. Caironoun

    The capital of Egypt.


  1. Cairo

    Cairo ( KY-roh; Arabic: القاهرة, romanized: al-Qāhirah, pronounced [ælqɑ(ː)ˈheɾɑ]) is the capital of Egypt and the city-state Cairo Governorate, and is the country's largest city, home to 10 million people. It is also part of the largest urban agglomeration in Africa, the Arab world and the Middle East: The Greater Cairo metropolitan area, with a population of 21.9 million, is the 12th-largest in the world by population. Cairo is associated with ancient Egypt, as the Giza pyramid complex and the ancient cities of Memphis and Heliopolis are located in its geographical area. Located near the Nile Delta, the city first developed as Fustat, a settlement founded after the Muslim conquest of Egypt in 640 next to an existing ancient Roman fortress, Babylon. Under the Fatimid dynasty a new city, al-Qāhirah, was founded nearby in 969. It later superseded Fustat as the main urban centre during the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods (12th–16th centuries). Cairo has long been a centre of the region's political and cultural life, and is titled "the city of a thousand minarets" for its preponderance of Islamic architecture. Cairo's historic center was awarded World Heritage Site status in 1979. Cairo is considered a World City with a "Beta +" classification according to GaWC.Today, Cairo has the oldest and largest cinema and music industry in the Arab world, as well as the world's second-oldest institution of higher learning, Al-Azhar University. Many international media, businesses, and organizations have regional headquarters in the city; the Arab League has had its headquarters in Cairo for most of its existence. With a population of over 10 million spread over 453 km2 (175 sq mi), Cairo is by far the largest city in Egypt. An additional 9.5 million inhabitants live close to the city. Cairo, like many other megacities, suffers from high levels of pollution and traffic. The Cairo Metro, opened in 1987, is the oldest metro system in Africa, and ranks amongst the fifteen busiest in the world, with over 1 billion annual passenger rides. The economy of Cairo was ranked first in the Middle East in 2005, and 43rd globally on Foreign Policy's 2010 Global Cities Index.


  1. cairo

    Cairo is the capital city of Egypt, located in the northeastern part of the country near the Nile River delta. It is the largest city in Africa and the Middle East, and one of the largest urban areas in the world. Known as "The City of a Thousand Minarets" for its prevalence of Islamic architecture, Cairo has been a center of great historical and cultural significance. It contains many cultural institutions, landmarks and ancient sites, including the ancient Pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian Museum, that make it a significant global tourist destination.


  1. Cairo

    Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab world and Africa. Its metropolitan area is the 16th largest in the world. Located near the Nile Delta, it was founded in 969 AD. Nicknamed "the city of a thousand minarets" for its preponderance of Islamic architecture, Cairo has long been a centre of the region's political and cultural life. Cairo was founded by the Fatimid dynasty in the 10th century AD, but the land composing the present-day city was the site of national capitals whose remnants remain visible in parts of Old Cairo. Cairo is also associated with Ancient Egypt as it is close to the ancient cities of Memphis, Giza and Fustat which are near the Great Sphinx and the pyramids of Giza. Egyptians today often refer to Cairo as Maṣr, the Egyptian Arabic pronunciation of the name for Egypt itself, emphasizing the city's continued role in Egyptian influence. Its official name is القاهرة al-Qāhirah, means literally "the Vanquisher" or "the Conqueror", sometimes it is informally also referred to as كايرو Kayro. Cairo has the oldest and largest film and music industries in the Arab world, as well as the world's second-oldest institution of higher learning, al-Azhar University. Many international media, businesses, and organizations have regional headquarters in the city; the Arab League has had its headquarters in Cairo for most of its existence.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Cairo

    cap. of Egypt, and largest city in Africa, on the right bank of the Nile, just above the Delta, 120 m. SE. of Alexandria, covers an extensive area on a broad sandy plain, and presents a strange agglomeration of ancient and modern elements. The modern city is the fourth founded in succession on the same site, and remains of the former cities are included in it, old walls, gateways, narrow streets, and latticed houses, palaces, and 400 mosques. These, though much spoiled by time and tourists, still represent the brightest period of Saracenic art. The most modern part of the city consists of broad boulevards, with European-built villas, hotels, &c., and has all the advantages of modern civic appliances. There is a rich museum, and university with 2000 students. Extensive railway communication and the Nile waterway induce a large transport trade, but there is little industry. The population is mixed; the townsfolk are half Arab, half Egyptian, while Copts, Turks, Jews, Italians, and Greeks are numerous; it is a centre of Mohammedan learning, and since 1882 the centre of British influence in Egypt.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. cairo

    The modern capital of Egypt, partially built by the Saracens in 969; it is surrounded by stone walls which are surmounted with antique battlements; taken by the Turks from the Egyptian sultans, 1517; taken by the French under Napoleon Bonaparte; they entered the city July 23, 1798; captured by the British and Turks, when 6000 French capitulated, June 27, 1801; massacre of the Mamelukes, March 1, 1811.

Editors Contribution

  1. caironoun

    The large, vibrant, Egyptian city that Mansa Musa stayed in on his way to and from Mecca. Ibn Khaldun praised it, calling it "the metropolis of the universe.

    The monetary money of Mansa Musa over ruled Egypt using the capital "Cairo".

    Etymology: State Capitol

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on March 20, 2024  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CAIRO

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cairo is ranked #16555 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cairo surname appeared 1,734 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Cairo.

    67.5% or 1,172 total occurrences were White.
    25% or 435 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    4.6% or 81 total occurrences were Black.
    1.5% or 26 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 15 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.2% or 5 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Anagrams for Cairo »

  1. coria

  2. oaric

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cairo in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cairo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Cairo in a Sentence

  1. Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni:

    Obviously, we are very upset for what happened, and we asked the Egyptian government to cooperate and to allow the Italian authorities to be involved in the inquiry to understand what happened there, it's not acceptable that, if an Italian citizen is a victim -- and in such a way is a victim -- of a tragedy in Cairo, there is no cooperation.

  2. Sipho P Nkosi:

    It is hard for one driver to drive from Cape to Cairo, but easier for two drivers. Same in relationship, the journey become easier when both partners are walking toward the same direction.

  3. Jihad Makdissi:

    It covers many points important to the Riyadh platform, the Cairo platform, and the Moscow platforms.

  4. Oren Kessler:

    In terms of optics, this is a win for Cairo and for the White House, it lets President Trump appear statesmanlike and receive a leader who is positively inclined toward him. In terms of actual substance, my sense is the Egyptian government may be a bit disappointed in terms of what it gets.

  5. Salma Shahin:

    We run when everything that is wrong with Cairo is asleep, and that has been our winning formula.

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