Macao

geographical name
Ma·​cao | \mə-ˈkau̇ \
variants: or Macau or Chinese Aomen \ ˈau̇-​ˈmən \

Definition of Macao 

1 peninsula in the province of Guangdong, southeastern China, in the Xi River delta west of Hong Kong

2 special administrative region of southeastern China comprising Macao Peninsula and two small adjacent islands; formerly a Portuguese overseas territory with the city of Macao as its capital area 9.1 square miles (23.6 square kilometers), population 552,503

Note: The economy of Macao is based to a large extent on casinos and tourism.

3 city in the special administrative region of Macao population 469,000

Other Words from Macao

Macanese \ ˌmä-​kə-​ˈnēz , -​ˈnēs \ noun

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