from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • The capital and largest city of Egypt, in the northeast part of the country on the Nile River. Old Cairo was built c. 642 as a military camp; the new city was founded c. 968 by the Fatimid dynasty and reached its greatest prosperity under the Mameluke sultans (13th-16th century). Population: 7,790,000.

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  • proper n. The capital of Egypt.
  • proper n. Any of several cities and towns in the United States.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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