Definition of Neapolitan in English:

Neapolitan

noun

  • A native or citizen of Naples.

    • ‘Arthur Schwartz, in Naples at Table, notes that while the Neapolitans are known for their profligate use of garlic, onion figures in just as many dishes.’
    • ‘They wanted to feel Collodi's words come alive and longed to see someone interpret his political and social satire skills in the ways only a native Neapolitan or son of Sicily could.’
    • ‘The number Neapolitans associate with miracles, 66, came up in the national lottery on May 6th.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, Mascitti, a Neapolitan, came to Paris a decade earlier and changed his given name to Michel.’
    • ‘With a half-smile, he added, ‘And since, unfortunately, St. Thomas Aquinas was a Neapolitan, we will not be discussing him in this course.’’
    • ‘A lack of architectural line was characteristic, but both Sicilians and Neapolitans gave more importance to ornamentation than to structure and function.’
    • ‘Seriously, many Neapolitans became our friends and taught us to live life and put family first.’
    • ‘The drawbacks, she said, are more than compensated by an environment rich in natural beauty and architectural history, and the warm, embracing Neapolitans and their deep-rooted sense of family.’

adjective

  • Relating to Naples.

    • ‘Naples and Neapolitan cookery, with dialect terms, were featured again by Cavalcanti, who can be regarded as the first regional cookery writer of Italy.’
    • ‘In Naples in 1666, the Neapolitan composer Francesco Provenzale customised Cavilli's Statira for the local taste by adding more extended scenes for the comic characters.’
    • ‘In the London National Gallery version, probably by a Neapolitan imitator of Caravaggio, Salome looks away with furtive pleasure.’
    • ‘In Vento di Terra, a film by Italian director Vincenzo Marra, tragedy after tragedy is heaped upon Vincenzo, a Neapolitan teenager who is the central character.’
    • ‘The conservationist said: ‘The biggest one is a one-year-old Neapolitan mastiff called Matisse.’’
    • ‘He now says the money originated from Diego Attanasio, a Neapolitan shipping magnate, who was also a client.’
    • ‘In Genoa they like Ligurian paintings, in Naples, Neapolitan paintings.’
    • ‘After an exciting round of auditions, twenty youngsters were chosen to perform alongside the Italian children from several Neapolitan schools and they began daily rehearsals which went on for almost three weeks.’
    • ‘Fort is very funny about the Neapolitan traffic: ‘When a man has ridden a scooter in Naples, he does not need to boast.’’
    • ‘On the basis of his profound connoisseurship of Neapolitan painting, the author outlines Ribera's dominant role in the city but also makes clear his relationships with other painters.’
    • ‘There is, in fact, a tradition in Naples that the Neapolitan system of swordplay contains some Spanish elements.’
    • ‘His hero was promptly rechristened Rodolfo, and Cammarano also argued, to Verdi's annoyance, that the prudish Neapolitan audience would never accept a prince's mistress on stage.’
    • ‘A genuine Neapolitan pizza is round and no more than 35 cm across.’
    • ‘They all offer Neapolitan specialities such as spaghetti alle vongole and pasta e fagioli.’
    • ‘This Neapolitan gem has been expanded hugely in the past year, but has lost none of its charm.’
    • ‘Growing up in the Neapolitan sunshine, by the age of 13 he got behind his first drum kit which he played for years before buying and playing records.’
    • ‘Three new breeds join the show this year - the large Black Russian terrier, the lumbering Neapolitan mastiff and the lively Glen of Imaal terrier.’
    • ‘When Bajazet was created in Verona in 1735, Neapolitan opera had dethroned the almighty Venetian opera.’
    • ‘As usual in his Neapolitan operas, there are also splendid opportunities for rival tenors.’
    • ‘In May 1860 Garibaldi led an expedition of 1,000 ill-armed volunteers from the north to Sicily to support a Sicilian insurrection against Neapolitan rule.’

Origin

From Latin Neapolitanus, from Latin Neapolis Naples from Greek neos new + polis city.

Pronunciation:

Neapolitan

/ˌnēəˈpälətn/