Brasília [bruh-zil-yuh; Portuguese brah-zeel-yuh] Examples noun
- a city in and the capital of Brazil, on the central plateau.
Brazil [bruh-zil] noun
- a republic in South America. 3,286,170 sq. mi. (8,511,180 sq. km). Capital: Brasília.
Portuguese and Spanish.Official name . Related formsBra·zil·ian [bruh-zil-yuh n] /brəˈzɪl yən/, adjective, nounpro-Bra·zil·ian, adjective, nounpseu·do-Bra·zil·ian, adjective, noun Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for brasilia Contemporary Examples of brasilia
The Brazilian press said the White House informed Brasilia about the rapprochement minutes before the statement was made public.
December 20, 2014
“I deeply regret that someone granted asylum by Brazil was exposed to such danger,” she told reporters in Brasilia.
September 2, 2013
As the case became headline news and then a national scandal, Brasilia stepped forward.
March 28, 2013
Historical Examples of brasilia
Brasilia, being urged both by her husband and her lover, wished for death, and obtained it.
Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
British Dictionary definitions for brasilia Brasília noun
- the capital of Brazil (since 1960), on the central plateau: the former capital was Rio de Janeiro. Pop: 3 341 000 (2005 est)
brazil brasil noun
- Also called: brazil wood the red wood obtained from various tropical leguminous trees of the genus Caesalpinia, such as C. echinata of America: used for cabinetwork
- the red or purple dye extracted from any of these woodsSee also
- short for
Word Origin for brazil C14: from Old Spanish brasil, from brasa glowing coals, of Germanic origin; referring to the redness of the wood; see braise Brazil noun
- a republic in South America, comprising about half the area and half the population of South America: colonized by the Portuguese from 1500 onwards; became independent in 1822 and a republic in 1889; consists chiefly of the tropical Amazon basin in the north, semiarid scrub in the northeast, and a vast central tableland; an important producer of coffee and minerals, esp iron ore. Official language: Portuguese. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: real. Capital: Brasília. Pop: 201 009 622 (2013 est). Area: 8 511 957 sq km (3 286 470 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for brasilia Brazil
1550s, from Spanish/Portuguese terra de brasil “red-dye-wood land,” from Spanish brasil or Italian brasile, probably connected to French braize (see) for resemblance of color to a glowing ember (but Old Italian form verzino suggests a possible connection with Arabic wars “saffron”). Originally the name of a type of wood from an East Indian tree, used in making dye; the name later was transferred to a similar South American species. Brazil in reference to the wood is attested in English from late 14c. Complicating matters is Hy Brasil, a name applied by 1436 to one of the larger Azores Islands, later transferred to a legendary island or rock off the west coast of Ireland (sighted in 1791 at lat. 51° 10′, long. 15° 58′).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper brasilia in Culture Brasilia [(bruh-zil-yuh)]
Capital of, located in its central highlands.
Note One of the newest cities in the world, Brasilia was inaugurated in 1960 to replaceas Brazil’s capital. The Brazilian government moved the capital in an effort to promote development in central Brazil. In less than thirty years, its population had grown to over a million inhabitants. Brazil
in eastern . It borders on every South American country except and . Its capital is , and its largest city is São Paulo.
Note The largest of the Latin-American countries, Brazil occupies almost half of South America.Note It is the world’s leading coffee exporter.Note The only country in South America whose history was dominated by; it is the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world. The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.