Definition of Neapolitan in US English:

Neapolitan

noun

  • A native or citizen of Naples.

    • ‘The matter was eventually settled out of court, but not before thousands of Neapolitans took to the streets with the now revolutionary chant of ‘Viva Verdi!’’
    • ‘Many Neapolitans happily travel for more than an hour to Tenuto Vannulo, the organic farm I visited in Campania, just to buy fresh mozzarella for lunch.’
    • ‘Perhaps this is how Neapolitans learn to drive.’
    • ‘He was able to hold off the combined armies of the French, Austrians, Spanish, and Neapolitans for several weeks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His impact was so great that when Italy played Argentina in Naples in the 1990 World Cup semi-final, many Neapolitans supported Argentina.’
    • ‘In the end it turned into a street battle with over two hundred Neapolitans who the police could only control with heavy reinforcements.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, Mascitti, a Neapolitan, came to Paris a decade earlier and changed his given name to Michel.’
    • ‘In a recent survey, Neapolitans admitted to fearing the local teenagers more than the Mafia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We fought as Piedmontese, as Tuscans, as Neapolitans, as Romans, and not as Italians’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A lack of architectural line was characteristic, but both Sicilians and Neapolitans gave more importance to ornamentation than to structure and function.’
    • ‘It would take a while to feel comfortable behaving in such a reckless manner as those crazy Neapolitans.’
    • ‘Yet by the end of his stay contempt had been replaced by admiration for the ingenuity of the Neapolitans in coping with an impossible situation.’
    • ‘Seriously, many Neapolitans became our friends and taught us to live life and put family first.’
    • ‘Naples itself is best left to the Neapolitans, to the stray dogs that haunt its blighted squares and to the pent-up wrath of Vesuvius.’
    • ‘The war has pushed the Neapolitans back into the Middle Ages.’
    • ‘Most Milanese think they have more in common with suede than they do with Neapolitans.’
    • ‘A French army led by General Championnet soon expelled the Neapolitans from Rome and marched on Naples.’
    • ‘With a half-smile, he added, ‘And since, unfortunately, St. Thomas Aquinas was a Neapolitan, we will not be discussing him in this course.’’

adjective

  • Relating to Naples.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A genuine Neapolitan pizza is round and no more than 35 cm across.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘They all offer Neapolitan specialities such as spaghetti alle vongole and pasta e fagioli.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When Bajazet was created in Verona in 1735, Neapolitan opera had dethroned the almighty Venetian opera.’
    • ‘He now says the money originated from Diego Attanasio, a Neapolitan shipping magnate, who was also a client.’
    • ‘Three new breeds join the show this year - the large Black Russian terrier, the lumbering Neapolitan mastiff and the lively Glen of Imaal terrier.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fort is very funny about the Neapolitan traffic: ‘When a man has ridden a scooter in Naples, he does not need to boast.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As usual in his Neapolitan operas, there are also splendid opportunities for rival tenors.’
    • ‘In Genoa they like Ligurian paintings, in Naples, Neapolitan paintings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the London National Gallery version, probably by a Neapolitan imitator of Caravaggio, Salome looks away with furtive pleasure.’
    • ‘The conservationist said: ‘The biggest one is a one-year-old Neapolitan mastiff called Matisse.’’
    • ‘This Neapolitan gem has been expanded hugely in the past year, but has lost none of its charm.’
    • ‘There is, in fact, a tradition in Naples that the Neapolitan system of swordplay contains some Spanish elements.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Neapolitan

/ˌnēəˈpälətn//ˌniəˈpɑlətn/