João Pessoa

[ zhoo-oun pe-saw-uh ]
/ ʒʊˈãʊ̃ pɛˈsɔ ə /


a seaport in NE Brazil.


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Definition for joao pessoa (2 of 2)

[ par-uh-ee-buh; Portuguese pah-rah-ee-bah ]
/ ˌpær əˈi bə; Portuguese ˌpɑ rɑˈi bɑ /


a state in E Brazil. 21,760 sq. mi. (56,360 sq. km). Capital: João Pessoa. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for joao pessoa (1 of 2)

/ (Portuguese paraˈiba) /


a state of NE Brazil, on the Atlantic: consists of a coastal strip, with hills and plains inland; irrigated agriculture. Capital: João Pessoa. Pop: 3 494 893 (2002). Area: 56 371 sq km (21 765 sq miles)
Also called: Paraíba do Sul (ˈduː sul) a river in SE Brazil, flowing southwest and then northeast to the Atlantic near Campos. Length: 1060 km (660 miles)
Also called: Paraíba do Norte (ˈduː ˈnɔrtə) a river in NE Brazil, in Paraíba state, flowing northeast and east to the Atlantic. Length: 386 km (240 miles)
the former name (until 1930) of João Pessoa

British Dictionary definitions for joao pessoa (2 of 2)

João Pessoa
/ (Portuguese ˈʒuəum peˈsoa) /


a port in NE Brazil, capital of Paraíba state. Pop: 931 000 (2005 est)
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