Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

[ree-oh dey zhuh-nair-oh, -neer-oh, juh-, dee, duh; Portuguese ree-oo di zhi-ney-roo]
Also called Rio. Unabridged


a state in SE Brazil. 452 sq. mi. (1170 sq. km). Capital: Rio de Janeiro. Unabridged
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Guanabara (Portuguese ɡwənaˈbara)
(until 1975) a state of SE Brazil, on the Atlantic and Guanabara Bay, now amalgamated with the state of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro or Rio (ˈriːəʊ də dʒəˈnɪərəʊ)
1.  a port in SE Brazil, on Guanabara Bay: the country's chief port and its capital from 1763 to 1960; backed by mountains, notably Sugar Loaf Mountain; founded by the French in 1555 and taken by the Portuguese in 1567. Pop: 11 469 000 (2005 est)Related: Cariocan
2.  a state of E Brazil. Capital: Rio de Janeiro. Pop: 14 724 475 (2002). Area: 42 911 sq km (16 568 sq miles)
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Rio or Rio
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Word Origin & History

Rio de Janeiro
lit. "January River," named by explorer Amerigo Vespucci because he discovered it on Jan. 1, 1502, and so called because he incorrectly thought the bay was the estuary of a large river. See January.
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Cultural Dictionary
Rio de Janeiro [(ree-oh day, dee zhuh-nair-oh)]

City in southeastern Brazil on the Atlantic Ocean. Second-largest city in Brazil, after São Paulo; its former capital; and its financial, commercial, transportation, and cultural center.

Note: Rio is famous as a tourist attraction. Especially popular are its beaches, particularly the Copacabana.
Note: Rio's annual carnival is world-famous.
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