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Rio de Janeiro

[ree-oh dey zhuh-nair-oh, -neer-oh, juh-, dee, duh; Portuguese ree-oo di zhi-ney-roo] /ˈri oʊ deɪ ʒəˈnɛər oʊ, -ˈnɪər oʊ, dʒə-, di, də; Portuguese ˈri ʊ dɪ ʒɪˈneɪ rʊ/
a seaport in SE Brazil: former capital.
Also called Rio. Unabridged
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  • Along the lower rio Grande it forms dense, tangled thickets.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Of the American coffees rio constitutes about half the world's product.

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • Perhaps it belonged to our acquaintance at rio, the North America.

    Round Cape Horn Joseph Lamson
  • We are only about four or five degrees to the southward of rio at this moment.

    Turned Adrift Harry Collingwood
  • rio Tintos must be beautiful things to have been the means of giving us so much happiness.

    Dimbie and I--and Amelia Mabel Barnes-Grundy
British Dictionary definitions for rio

Rio de Janeiro

/ˈriːəʊ də dʒəˈnɪərəʊ/
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 noun Cariocan
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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Word Origin and History for rio

"a river," from Spanish rio, from Latin rivus "brook, stream" (see rivulet).

Rio de Janeiro

literally "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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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