- a seaport in and the capital of the Madeira islands, on SE Madeira: winter resort.
- a group of eight islands off the NW coast of Africa, part of Portugal. 308 sq. mi. (798 sq. km). Capital: Funchal.
- the chief island of this group. 286 sq. mi. (741 sq. km).
- (often lowercase) a rich, strong white or amber wine, resembling sherry, made there.
- (often lowercase) a similar wine made elsewhere.
- a river in W Brazil flowing NE to the Amazon: chief tributary of the Amazon. 2100 miles (3380 km) long.
Examples from the Web for funchal
He even recently built a museum in his hometown of Funchal, Portugal, that is completely dedicated to himself and his awards.Why It’s Still OK to Hate Sexy Bastard Cristiano Ronaldo After He Saved Team USA
June 26, 2014
Had he not scuttled a Spanish carack four years ago in the bay of Funchal?The Sea-Hawk
We sailed on, and dropped our anchor opposite to the city of Funchal.A Voyage round the World
Funchal has been a thousand times described, and is well worthy of it.
But there is nothing to do in Funchal save eat and swim or ride.
Figuero is here, and we leave on the yacht for Funchal to–night.The Message
- the capital and chief port of the Madeira Islands, on the S coast of Madeira. Pop: 103 962 (2001)
- a group of volcanic islands in the N Atlantic, west of Morocco: since 1976 an autonomous region of Portugal; consists of the chief island, Madeira, Porto Santo, and the uninhabited Deserta and Selvagen Islands. Capital: Funchal. Pop: 245 012 (2001). Area: 797 sq km (311 sq miles)
- a river in W Brazil, flowing northeast to the Amazon below Manaus. Length: 3241 km (2013 miles)
- a rich strong fortified white wine made on Madeira
Word Origin and History for funchal
white wine, 1540s, from island of Madeira in the Atlantic, from Portuguese madeira "wood," because the island formerly was thickly wooded, from Latin materia "wood, matter" (see matter).