Definition of Tripoli
- 1the capital and chief port of Libya, on the Mediterranean coast in the north-west of the country; population 1.065,400 (est. 2006). Founded by Phoenicians in the 7th century bc, its ancient name was Oea. Arabic name Tarabulus al-Gharb (literally ‘western Tripoli’).
- 2a port in NW Lebanon; population 190,800 (est. 2009). It was founded circa 700 bc and was the capital of the Phoenician triple federation formed by the city states Sidon, Tyre, and Arvad. Today it is a major port and commercial centre of Lebanon. Arabic names Tarabulus ash-Sham (literally ‘eastern Tripoli’), Trâblous.