from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
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- proper n. State in southeastern Brazil.
- proper n. Capital of Rio de Janeiro state and former capital of Brazil.
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- 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)
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