geographical name

Ma·​cao mə-ˈkau̇ How to pronounce Macao (audio)
variants or Macau or Chinese Aomen
peninsula in the province of Guangdong, southeastern China, in the Xi River delta west of Hong Kong
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.

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

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“Macao.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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