[ bruh-zil-yuh; Portuguese brah-zeel-yuh ]
/ brəˈzɪl yə; Portuguese brɑˈzil yə /


a city in and the capital of Brazil, on the central plateau.

Definition for brasilia (2 of 2)

[ bruh-zil ]
/ brəˈzɪl /


a republic in South America. 3,286,170 sq. mi. (8,511,180 sq. km). Capital: Brasília.
Portuguese and Spanish Brasil. Official name Federative Republic of Brazil.


Bra·zil·ian [bruh-zil-yuh n] /brəˈzɪl yən/, adjective, nounpro-Bra·zil·ian, adjective, nounpseu·do-Bra·zil·ian, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for brasilia (1 of 3)

/ (brəˈzɪljə, Portuguese brəziˈliːa) /


the capital of Brazil (since 1960), on the central plateau: the former capital was Rio de Janeiro. Pop: 3 341 000 (2005 est)

British Dictionary definitions for brasilia (2 of 3)



/ (brəˈzɪl) /


Also called: brazil wood the red wood obtained from various tropical leguminous trees of the genus Caesalpinia, such as C. echinata of America: used for cabinetwork
the red or purple dye extracted from any of these woodsSee also brazilin
short for brazil nut

Word Origin for brazil

C14: from Old Spanish brasil, from brasa glowing coals, of Germanic origin; referring to the redness of the wood; see braise

British Dictionary definitions for brasilia (3 of 3)

/ (brəˈzɪl) /


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)
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Cultural definitions for brasilia (1 of 2)

[ (bruh-zil-yuh) ]

Capital of Brazil, located in its central highlands.

notes for Brasilia

One of the newest cities in the world, Brasilia was inaugurated in 1960 to replace Rio de Janeiro as Brazil's capital. The Brazilian government moved the capital in an effort to promote development in central Brazil. In less than thirty years, its population had grown to over a million inhabitants.

Cultural definitions for brasilia (2 of 2)


Republic in eastern South America. It borders on every South American country except Chile and Ecuador. Its capital is Brasilia, and its largest city is São Paulo.

notes for Brazil

The largest of the Latin-American countries, Brazil occupies almost half of South America.

notes for Brazil

It is the world's leading coffee exporter.

notes for Brazil

The only country in South America whose history was dominated by Portugal; it is the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world.
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