American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Familiarly known as "Rio.”Rio de Janeiro A city of southeast Brazil on Guanabara Bay, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean. According to tradition, it was first visited in January 1502 by Portuguese explorers who believed Guanabara Bay to be the mouth of a river and therefore named the city Rio de Janeiro ("River of January”). It became capital of the colony of Brazil in 1763, of the Brazilian empire in 1822, and of the independent country in 1889. In 1960 the capital was transferred to Brasília. Population: 6,090,000.
- n. State in southeastern Brazil.
- n. Capital of Rio de Janeiro state and former capital of Brazil.
- n. the former capital and 2nd largest city of Brazil; chief Brazilian port; famous as a tourist attraction
- From Portuguese Rio de Janeiro - "river of January". (Wiktionary)
“The imperial court of Pedro II attracted the social and intellectual elite of the country, and Rio de Janeiro was the principal entry for European culture.”
“A Senhor Ulysses Cabral of Rio de Janeiro submitted a report about a child, Deolinda, whom he had found in great poverty and taken under his care.”
“Ned was so inconsolable that Hannah Smith, a convict who had become friendly with Bess between Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town, took him under her wing.”
“In all the major scientific centers of Rio de Janeiro — the Colégio Pedro II, the military and naval academies, the school of medicine, and the polytechnical school — the positivist approach to science appeared frequently in the decade following”
“He had turned nine-and-thirty in the south Atlantic between Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town.”
“Narrative: After arriving at Rio de Janeiro International Airport, Saul Janusas, an electrical engineer from New York, had boarded a bus for a ride to Copacabana.”
“She was in Rio de Janeiro the week before war began, and as the events in Europe reached a crisis Captain Charles Woodhouse found himself responsible for 4,000 miies of coastline while being nearly 2,000 miles from the nearest British base.”
“Jacques Cartier (1494-1552), the discoverer of Canada; the naval commander Duguay-Trouin (1673-1736), who took Rio de Janeiro in 1711; La Bourdonnais (1699-1753), another sailor who fought against the English in India; the writers”
“He stands more than two thousand feet above the city of Rio de Janeiro with his head tilted down, ever vigilant of the people below, his arms open to themready to receive their sins, ready to impart forgiveness to the truly repentant.”
“The season was winter now: Rio de Janeiro was so far south of the Equator that it lay just to the north of the Tropic of Capricorn.”
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