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Cairo \Cairo\ n. 1. the largest city in Africa.

Syn: El Qahira, Egyptian capital, capital of Egypt.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

city in Egypt, from Arabic al-Kahira "the strong," the name given 973 C.E. to the new city built north of the old one, Egyptian khere-ohe, said to mean "place of combat" and to be in reference to a battle between the gods Seth and Horus that took place here.


n. 1 The capital of Egypt. 2 Any of several cities and towns in the United States.

Cairo, NE -- U.S. village in Nebraska
Population (2000): 790
Housing Units (2000): 316
Land area (2000): 0.538504 sq. miles (1.394720 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.538504 sq. miles (1.394720 sq. km)
FIPS code: 07625
Located within: Nebraska (NE), FIPS 31
Location: 41.000409 N, 98.608083 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 68824
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Cairo, NE
Cairo, NY -- U.S. Census Designated Place in New York
Population (2000): 1390
Housing Units (2000): 739
Land area (2000): 4.249810 sq. miles (11.006958 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.010399 sq. miles (0.026933 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 4.260209 sq. miles (11.033891 sq. km)
FIPS code: 11638
Located within: New York (NY), FIPS 36
Location: 42.302637 N, 74.003818 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 12413
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Cairo, NY
Cairo, GA -- U.S. city in Georgia
Population (2000): 9239
Housing Units (2000): 3898
Land area (2000): 9.313559 sq. miles (24.122007 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.052289 sq. miles (0.135429 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 9.365848 sq. miles (24.257436 sq. km)
FIPS code: 12400
Located within: Georgia (GA), FIPS 13
Location: 30.877803 N, 84.208877 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 31728
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Cairo, GA
Cairo, OH -- U.S. village in Ohio
Population (2000): 499
Housing Units (2000): 184
Land area (2000): 0.241764 sq. miles (0.626166 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.241764 sq. miles (0.626166 sq. km)
FIPS code: 10884
Located within: Ohio (OH), FIPS 39
Location: 40.831355 N, 84.084501 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Cairo, OH
Cairo, IL -- U.S. city in Illinois
Population (2000): 3632
Housing Units (2000): 1885
Land area (2000): 7.051326 sq. miles (18.262849 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 2.080908 sq. miles (5.389528 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 9.132234 sq. miles (23.652377 sq. km)
FIPS code: 10383
Located within: Illinois (IL), FIPS 17
Location: 37.013144 N, 89.180345 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 62914
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Cairo, IL
Cairo, WV -- U.S. town in West Virginia
Population (2000): 263
Housing Units (2000): 140
Land area (2000): 0.490493 sq. miles (1.270372 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.490493 sq. miles (1.270372 sq. km)
FIPS code: 12124
Located within: West Virginia (WV), FIPS 54
Location: 39.208264 N, 81.156600 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 26337
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Cairo, WV
Cairo, MO -- U.S. village in Missouri
Population (2000): 293
Housing Units (2000): 127
Land area (2000): 0.268029 sq. miles (0.694193 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.268029 sq. miles (0.694193 sq. km)
FIPS code: 10360
Located within: Missouri (MO), FIPS 29
Location: 39.512027 N, 92.440887 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 65239
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Cairo, MO
Cairo (disambiguation)

Cairo is the capital city of Egypt. It may also refer to:

Cairo (graphics)

Cairo (stylized as cairo) is a programming library that provides a vector graphics-based, device-independent API for software developers. It provides primitives for 2-dimensional drawing across a number of different back ends. Cairo uses hardware acceleration when available.

There is a formal proposal to standardize C++ 2D graphic API based on a mechanical transformation of Cairo.

Cairo (operating system)

Cairo was the code name for a project at Microsoft from 1991 to 1996. Its charter was to build technologies for a next generation operating system that would fulfill Bill Gates' vision of "information at your fingertips." Cairo never shipped, although portions of its technologies have since appeared in other products.

Cairo (Georgia)
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Cairo (Illinois)
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Cairo (band)

Cairo was a progressive rock band from San Francisco. They drew inspiration from classical progressive bands such as ELP and Yes.

Cairo (Microsoft)
Cairo (comics)

Cairo is the first graphic novel of G. Willow Wilson with art by M.K. Perker, and published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics.

Cairo (1942 film)

Cairo is a 1942 musical comedy film made by MGM and Loew's, and directed by W. S. Van Dyke. The screenplay was written by John McClain, based on an idea by Ladislas Fodor about a news reporter shipwrecked in a torpedo attack, who teams up with a Hollywood singer and her maid to foil Nazi spies. The music score is by Herbert Stothart. This film was Jeanette MacDonald's last film on her MGM contract.

The film was poorly received upon its initial release.


Cairo ( ; , al-Qāhirah, , Kahire, ) is the capital and largest city of Egypt. The city's metropolitan area is the largest in the Middle East and the Arab world, and 15th-largest in the world, and is associated with ancient Egypt, as the famous Giza pyramid complex and the ancient city of Memphis are located in its geographical area. Located near the Nile Delta, modern Cairo was founded in 969 CE by Jawhar al-Siqilli ("the Sicilian") of the Fatimid dynasty, but the land composing the present-day city was the site of ancient national capitals whose remnants remain visible in parts of Old Cairo. Cairo has long been a center of the region's political and cultural life, and is nicknamed "the city of a thousand minarets" for its preponderance of Islamic architecture.

Egyptians today often refer to Cairo as (, ), the Egyptian Arabic pronunciation of the name for Egypt itself, emphasising the city's continued role in Egyptian influence. Its official name is , means literally: "the Defeater", in reference to the fact that the planet Mars ("Al Najm Al Tahir") was rising at the time when the city was founded as well as, "the Vanquisher"; "the Conqueror"; , "the Defeater" or, " "the Victorious" (al-Qahira) in reference to the much awaited Caliph al-Mu'izz li Din Allah who arrived from the old Fatimid Ifriqiyan capital of Mahdia in 973 to the city. The Egyptian name for Cairo is said to be: Khere-Ohe, meaning: "The Place of Combat", supposedly, in reference to a battle which took place between the Gods Seth and Horus. Sometimes the city is informally also referred to as . It is also called Umm ad-Dunya, meaning "the mother of the world".

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.

With a population of 6.76 million spread over , Cairo is by far the largest city in Egypt. An additional 10 million inhabitants live just outside the city. Cairo, like many other mega-cities, suffers from high levels of pollution and traffic. Cairo's metro, one of only two metros on the African continent (the other is in Algiers), ranks among 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 by Foreign Policy's 2010 Global Cities Index.

Cairo (surname)

Cairo is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Ellery Cairo (born 1978), Dutch soccer player
  • Ferdinando del Cairo (1666–1748), Italian Baroque painter
  • Francesco Cairo (1607–1665), Italian painter
  • Miguel Cairo (born 1974), Major League Baseball player
  • Tommy Cairo (born 1958), American retired professional wrestler
  • Urbano Cairo (born 1957), Italian businessman and chairman of the Torino football club
Cairo (1963 film)

Cairo is a 1963 American crime film directed by Wolf Rilla and written by Joan LaCour Scott. The film stars George Sanders, Richard Johnson, Faten Hamama, John Meillon, Ahmed Mazhar, Eric Pohlmann and the director's father Walter Rilla. The film was released on August 21, 1963, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Mastermind Brit criminal Major Pickering arrives in Cairo by air from a Greek prison, on a phony passport. The Major has a full-proof scheme to rob King Tut's jewels, which are displayed in the secure Cairo Museum and worth to the robbers a quarter of a million dollars. Through his contact man Nicodemos, the shady casino operator brother of the Major's con artist passport illustrator Greek cellmate, he rounds up a disparate gang to execute the daring heist. The only gang member known to the Major is the reliable countryman and fellow soldier, an explosive expert safe-cracker, Willy (John Meillon), now a family man, marrying native and reluctant to go on the caper until persuaded by a fast $25,000 cut.

Nicodemos gets untrustworthy import-export businessman Kuchuk to finance the caper, while the Major hires lazy coffee shop owner Kerim as driver and his hashish smoking hot-headed gun-wielding small-time stick-up man Ali as his enforcer. Ali looks upon it as his last chance to buy a sugar cane farm in his country birthplace, and pretends to be indifferent to the unconditional love shown to him by the penniless hard-luck nice girl belly dancer Amina.

The boys go through the sewer as planned, but inside the museum an alarm is accidentally triggered and brings the police before they can make a clean escape. It results in Willy being fatally shot and dropped off at home. When the robbers that evening go to exchange the jewels for the money, Kuchuk and his gun wielding accomplice Ghattas pull a double-cross, and in an ensuing shoot-out Ghattas is dead and Ali seriously wounded, with Kuchuk now forced by the Major to make a deal with the police for $200,000 or they will melt down the invaluable jewels.

When the frightened Nicodemos is intimidated by the persistent police commandant and Kuchuk commits suicide, the rest of the gang is rounded up before they can escape from Cairo—with Ali dying in Amina's arms just as they reach by car his father's farm and the Major captured alive when staying too long to admire a belly dancer as the police raid the area.

Usage examples of "cairo".

Godfrey without children, or on the future acquisition of a new seat at Cairo or Damascus.

After graduating from Cairo University with a degree in architectural engineering in 1990, Atta worked as an urban planner in Cairo for a couple of years.

And just at that very time, Bimbashi Hilary Joyce, seconded from the Royal Mallow Fusiliers, and temporarily attached to the Ninth Soudanese, made his first appearance in Cairo.

Cairo smiled and examined the backs of his untouched, downfaced cards.

Mohammed the dragoman, by birth and education a thief, by nature a sluggard, spared no effort to reach Cairo in the shortest space of time humanly possible.

Ahmad, was once a famous dragoman in Cairo, the leading guide and interpreter for tourists in these parts and something of a patron saint to those in the pimp and alcohol trades.

He moved to Cairo as a young man and learned the European tongues in order to be able to support himself by working as a dragoman, while quietly launching his study of hieroglyphs between backstairs assignations with tourists.

Egyptologist was focused entirely on that extremely brief period when the young Menelik had worked as a dragoman one winter in Cairo, in order to support himself while beginning his study of hieroglyphs.

I got to Cairo this evening I found news of the Efreet had preceded me.

The flotilla thus unprotected fell in with seven Turkish gunboats coming from Cairo, and was exposed simultaneously to their fire and to that of the Mamelukes, fellahs, and Arabs who lined both banks of the river.

But as I left Cairo in the greatening distance, floating onward to the heart of the mysterious river, I floated also into the twin current of thought, that, flowing full and impetuous from the shores of the peopled Mediterranean, follows the silent river, and tracks it to its hidden lurking-place in the blank desert.

Several large caravans of merchants, bringing their wares from Baghdad and Cairo, were passing into the city at the time they arrived, and he and Hakeem fell in beside the hustle of camels flowing into the city.

He conquered Egypt and assumed the prerogative of the Imaum, which had been a shadow at Cairo, but became, at Constantinople, the supreme authority in Islam.

IV When he woke again it was to find at his bedside a kavass from Imshi Pasha at Cairo.

She knew only that he had some quietly confidential role in the defense ministry which he never talked about, that he worked extremely long hours week after week and year after year, that he seemed conversant with everything under the sun, that he was often impish and playful and given to droll merriment, that he loved to laugh and was easily moved to tears, that he ate huge quantities of raw vegetables and fruit and leban with enormous gusto, that he revered the soups she had learned to make as a girl in Cairo, and that no matter how busy he might be he was always there if she needed him, with encouragement and strength and wisdom, with kind words and thoughtful smiles.