from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An administrative region of southeast China comprising Macao Peninsula and two offshore islands in the South China Sea west of Hong Kong. A Portuguese trading post was established here in 1557 and became a free port in 1849. Macao was a Portuguese overseas province until 1999, when it reverted to Chinese sovereignty. The city of Macao, coextensive with the peninsula, is the capital. Population: 457,000.

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  • proper n. Alternative spelling of Macau.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A macaw.
  • proper n. A territory in South China, on the Zhu Jiang river on the South China sea, formerly a territory of Portugal. Also, the capital city of this territory.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a former Portuguese province on the south coast of China and two islands in the South China Sea; reverted to China in 1999


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  • For anyone familiar with an American casino, the first glance inside the Grand Lisboa or even the Sands Macao is startling.

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  • In 1622 it sent a fleet to try to capture Macao from the Portuguese, but Macao held its own, having been fortified with Spanish troops. 50 After its defeat, the Dutch fleet sailed onward to the Penghu Islands (澎湖), which lie on the sea-lanes between Macao and Japan, and there they Dutch began constructing a fortress from which they intended to try to control the Sino-Japanese silk for silver trade.

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  • He was to protect Tayouan from Chenggong, but, "if, as has frequently occurred, the rumors about Chenggong disappear like smoke in the wind," he was to take his fleet south to wrest Macao from the Portuguese. 57 Van der Laan arrived in Tayouan in late July and began to grow restless in early October, when no invasion had yet taken place.

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  • In 1836, Williams met three Japanese sailors in Macao whose vessel had been blown away from the Japanese coast by a storm.

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  • Note 33: Cushing was in Macao, where Chinese laws did not apply.

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  • One evening, a mob of Chinese harassed a group of foreigners in Macao by pelting them with stones and brickbats.

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  • Indeed we often pronounced the word Macao, but this we had reason to suppose they understood in a different sense, for in return they sometimes held up fish to us, and we afterwards learned that the Chinese name for fish is of a somewhat similar sound.

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