a Portuguese overseas territory in S China, in the delta of the Zhu Jiang River and including two small adjacent islands. 6 sq. mi. (16 sq. km).
the seaport and capital of this territory.

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  • Shortly after her departure Hayes resigned and went to Macao.

  • For a long time he had been in correspondence with the chief banks in Shanghai and Macao.

  • Macao, a Portuguese possession, is the open door of Portugal into China.

    Commercial Geography

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  • I ordered the interpreter to hail them, and ask the most direct passage to Macao.

  • I have since been informed they ran her on shore near Macao.

British Dictionary definitions for macao



a special administrative region of China, in the south of the country, across the estuary of the Zhu Jiang from Hong Kong: chief centre of European trade with China in the 18th century; attained partial autonomy in 1976; formerly (until 1999) a Portuguese overseas province under a long-term lease from China, as with Hong Kong (a UK territory until 1997); transit trade with rest of China; tourism and financial services. It retains its own currency, the pataca. Pop: 583 003 (2013 est). Area: 16 sq km (6 sq miles)Portuguese name: Macau
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