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carioca

[kar-ee-oh-kuh]
noun
  1. a modification of the samba.
  2. the music for this dance.
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Origin of carioca

First recorded in 1930–35; after Carioca

Carioca

[kar-ee-oh-kuh; Portuguese kah-ree-aw-kuh]
noun
  1. a native of Rio de Janeiro.
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Origin of Carioca

1820–30; < Brazilian Portuguese < Tupi, equivalent to cari white + oca house or boca descendant of
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Examples from the Web for carioca

Historical Examples

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

    Journal of a Voyage to Brazil

    Maria Graham

  • The barracks of the Carioca are built, and the other barracks are prepared.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for carioca

carioca

noun
  1. a Brazilian dance similar to the samba
  2. a piece of music composed for this dance
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Word Origin

C19: from Brazilian Portuguese
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