Rio de Janeiro

[ ree-oh dey zhuh-nair-oh, -neer-oh, juh-, dee, duh; Portuguese ree-oodi zhi-ney-roo ]
/ ˈri oʊ deɪ ʒəˈnɛər oʊ, -ˈnɪər oʊ, dʒə-, di, də; Portuguese ˈri ʊ dɪ ʒɪˈneɪ rʊ /
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a seaport in SE Brazil: former capital.
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British Dictionary definitions for Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro


/ (ˈriːəʊ də dʒəˈnɪərəʊ) /

a port in SE Brazil, on Guanabara Bay: the country's chief port and its capital from 1763 to 1960; backed by mountains, notably Sugar Loaf Mountain; founded by the French in 1555 and taken by the Portuguese in 1567. Pop: 11 469 000 (2005 est)Related noun: Cariocan
a state of E Brazil. Capital: Rio de Janeiro. Pop: 14 724 475 (2002). Area: 42 911 sq km (16 568 sq miles)
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Cultural definitions for Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro
[ (ree-oh day, dee zhuh-nair-oh) ]

City in southeastern Brazil on the Atlantic Ocean. Second-largest city in Brazil, after São Paulo; its former capital; and its financial, commercial, transportation, and cultural center.

notes for Rio de Janeiro

Rio is famous as a tourist attraction. Especially popular are its beaches, particularly the Copacabana.

notes for Rio de Janeiro

Rio's annual carnival is world-famous.
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