[ mah-ruh-nyoun ]
/ ˌmɑ rəˈnyãʊ̃ /


a state in NE Brazil. 125,312 sq. mi. (324,560 sq. km). Capital: São Luiz. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for maranhao

  • The finest Brazil amotto grows in Maranhao, which also produces the best cotton in America.

  • They are dispersed in the Brazilian forests, and principally in the province of Maranhao or Maragnan.

    The Desert World|Arthur Mangin
  • This was all the notice he received from his native province, Maranhao.

    Brazilian Tales|Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
  • Dacres thanked him for the information and inquired when the "Maranhao" was likely to arrive at her destination—Pernambuco.

    The Dreadnought of the Air|Percy F. Westerman

British Dictionary definitions for maranhao

/ (Portuguese marəˈɲ̃ə̃u) /


a state of NE Brazil, on the Atlantic: forested and humid in the northwest, with high plateaus in the east and south. Capital: São Luís. Pop: 5 803 224 (2002). Area: 328 666 sq km (128 179 sq miles)
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