- a city in and the capital of Brazil, on the central plateau.
- a republic in South America. 3,286,170 sq. mi. (8,511,180 sq. km). Capital: Brasília.
Examples from the Web for brasilia
The Brazilian press said the White House informed Brasilia about the rapprochement minutes before the statement was made public.Venezuela Says Goodbye to Its Lil Friend, While the Rest of the Continent Cheers
December 20, 2014
“I deeply regret that someone granted asylum by Brazil was exposed to such danger,” she told reporters in Brasilia.Escape from Bolivia
September 2, 2013
As the case became headline news and then a national scandal, Brasilia stepped forward.Brazilian Doctor Suspected of Mass Murder
March 28, 2013
Brasilia, being urged both by her husband and her lover, wished for death, and obtained it.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)
Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
- the capital of Brazil (since 1960), on the central plateau: the former capital was Rio de Janeiro. Pop: 3 341 000 (2005 est)
- a republic in South America, comprising about half the area and half the population of South America: colonized by the Portuguese from 1500 onwards; became independent in 1822 and a republic in 1889; consists chiefly of the tropical Amazon basin in the north, semiarid scrub in the northeast, and a vast central tableland; an important producer of coffee and minerals, esp iron ore. Official language: Portuguese. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: real. Capital: Brasília. Pop: 201 009 622 (2013 est). Area: 8 511 957 sq km (3 286 470 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for brasilia
1550s, from Spanish/Portuguese terra de brasil "red-dye-wood land," from Spanish brasil or Italian brasile, probably connected to French braize (see braize) for resemblance of color to a glowing ember (but Old Italian form verzino suggests a possible connection with Arabic wars "saffron"). Originally the name of a type of wood from an East Indian tree, used in making dye; the name later was transferred to a similar South American species. Brazil in reference to the wood is attested in English from late 14c. Complicating matters is Hy Brasil, a name applied by 1436 to one of the larger Azores Islands, later transferred to a legendary island or rock off the west coast of Ireland (sighted in 1791 at lat. 51° 10', long. 15° 58').
Capital of Brazil, located in its central highlands.