[ kar-ee-oh-kuh ]
/ ˌkær iˈoʊ kə /


a modification of the samba.
the music for this dance.

Origin of carioca

First recorded in 1930–35; after Carioca

Definition for carioca (2 of 2)


[ kar-ee-oh-kuh; Portuguese kah-ree-aw-kuh ]
/ ˌkær iˈoʊ kə; Portuguese ˌkɑ riˈɔ kə /


a native of Rio de Janeiro.

Origin of Carioca

1820–30; < Brazilian Portuguese < Tupi, equivalent to cari white + oca house or boca descendant of Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for carioca

  • But at once he rejected the idea, angry with himself, and hastened his step towards Carioca square, there to take a tilbury.

    Brazilian Tales|Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
  • The barracks of the Carioca are built, and the other barracks are prepared.

  • The nickname of the inhabitants of Rio is Carioca, from this fountain.

British Dictionary definitions for carioca


/ (ˌkærɪˈəʊkə) /


a Brazilian dance similar to the samba
a piece of music composed for this dance

Word Origin for carioca

C19: from Brazilian Portuguese
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