[ val-puh-rahy-zoh, -soh ]

  1. Spanish Val·pa·ra·í·so [bahl-pah-rah-ee-saw]. /ˌbɑl pɑ rɑˈi sɔ/. a seaport in central Chile.

  2. a city in NW Indiana.

Words Nearby Valparaiso Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Valparaiso in a sentence

  • Another adventure, also, but of quite a different and most horrible kind, happened during my stay in Valparaiso.

  • I agreed, and had five days left, which I determined to spend in carefully examining Valparaiso and its environs.

  • A few days later he heard that some other British ships were coming from Valparaiso and he concluded to put to sea.

  • You know a lot of us took charge of the Spitfire, and set the captain and first-mate adrift, off Valparaiso.

    Adrift on the Pacific | Edward S. Ellis
  • The Tom Jones set sail for Valparaiso, but certainly went in a roundabout way to reach her destination.

    File No. 113 | Emile Gaboriau

British Dictionary definitions for Valparaíso


/ (Spanish balparaˈiso) /

  1. a port in central Chile, on a wide bay of the Pacific: the third largest city and chief port of Chile; two universities. Pop: 275 000 (2005 est)

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