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Rio Grande

[ree-oh grand, gran-dee, grahn-dey for 1; Portuguese ree-oo grahn-di for 2, 3] /ˈri oʊ ˈgrænd, ˈgræn di, ˈgrɑn deɪ for 1; Portuguese ˌri ʊ ˈgrɑ̃ dɪ for 2, 3/
noun
1.
Mexican Rio Bravo. a river flowing from SW Colorado through central New Mexico and along the boundary between Texas and Mexico into the Gulf of Mexico. 1800 miles (2900 km) long.
2.
a river flowing W from SE Brazil into the Paraná River. 650 miles (1050 km) long.

Río Grande

[ree-oh grahn-dey, -dee; Spanish ree-aw grahn-de] /ˈri oʊ ˈgrɑn deɪ, -di; Spanish ˈri ɔ ˈgrɑn dɛ/
noun
1.
a city in NE Puerto Rico.
2.
a river in central Nicaragua, flowing NE to the Caribbean Sea. About 200 miles (320 km) long.

Grande

[grand, gran-dee, grahn-dey; Portuguese grahn-di] /grænd, ˈgræn di, ˈgrɑn deɪ; Portuguese ˈgrɑ̃ dɪ/
noun
1.
Rio. Rio Grande.
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British Dictionary definitions for Rio Grande

Rio Grande

noun
1.
(ˈriːəʊ ˈɡrænd; ˈɡrændɪ). a river in North America, rising in SW Colorado and flowing southeast to the Gulf of Mexico, forming the border between the US and Mexico. Length: about 3030 km (1885 miles) Mexican name Río Bravo
2.
(Portuguese) (ˈriu ˈɡrəndi). a port in SE Brazil, in SE Rio Grande do Sul state: serves as the port for Porto Alegre. Pop: 188 000 (2005 est)
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Rio Grande in Culture
Rio Grande [(ree-oh grand, gran-dee)]

River running east from Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico, dividing the United States from Mexico.

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Encyclopedia Article for Rio Grande

grande

a title of honour borne by the highest class of the Spanish nobility. The title appears first to have been assumed during the late Middle Ages by certain of the ricos hombres, or powerful magnates of the realm, who had by then acquired vast influence and considerable privileges, including one-that of wearing a hat in the king's presence-which later became characteristic of the dignity of grandee. The title was given a formal character in 1520 and, under Charles I (1516-56; Holy Roman emperor as Charles V), the number of grandees was limited to 25. This figure was later increased, and by the early 17th century the grandees of Spain had been divided into three classes: (1) those who spoke to the king and received his reply with their heads covered; (2) those who addressed him uncovered but put on their hats to hear his answer; and (3) those who awaited the permission of the king before covering themselves.

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