ca·​ri·​o·​ca | \ ˌker-ē-ˈō-kə How to pronounce carioca (audio) , ˌka-rē- \

Definition of carioca

1 capitalized : a native or resident of Rio de Janeiro
2a : a variation of the samba
b : the music for this dance

Examples of carioca in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web She was raised in the city’s impoverished Honório Gurgel, one of the many favelas where Afro-Brazilians created the nation’s funk carioca music. Lucas Villa, SPIN, 15 Apr. 2022 Warmup: 2 miles easy, then, a good range of dynamic stretches to get ready: walking leg kicks, carioca drills, high knees, etc. Nathan Martin, Outside Online, 2 Feb. 2021 With Rio de Janeiro as its nexus, the local sound has evolved, and the new beat of funk carioca is sped up and supercharged, to approximately 150 beats per minute. Nick Remsen, Vogue, 19 Mar. 2019 Funk carioca carries an extra significance to its bump: the music is representative not only of those in poorer communities, but also of the LGBTQ+ population and the youth of the city. Nick Remsen, Vogue, 19 Mar. 2019 The ingredients to make carioca are chocolate, nuts, sponge cake and glaze. Lisa Zapalac, Houston Chronicle, 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of carioca

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carioca

Brazilian Portuguese

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25 Apr 2022

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“Carioca.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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