ca·​ri·​o·​ca ˌker-ē-ˈō-kə How to pronounce carioca (audio)
capitalized : a native or resident of Rio de Janeiro
: a variation of the samba
: the music for this dance

Examples of carioca in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With her new 3-track bundle Funk Generation: A Favela Story, Anitta dives head first into funk carioca, letting her buttery smooth voice glide over jumping bass and entrancing rhythms that will pull you in immediately. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 18 Aug. 2023 Brazilian and Colombian rhythms and cultures collide in this insatiable reggaetón and funk carioca remix. Isabela Raygoza, Billboard, 4 Aug. 2023 Since launching her career in 2010, the 29-year-old Brazilian has charted with funk carioca and pop hits in her native Portuguese, as well as Spanish and English, and her catalog includes collaborations with artists ranging from Missy Elliot and Madonna to Caetano Veloso and Maluma. Thania Garcia, Variety, 13 Oct. 2022 The singer, who brings together elements of reggaetón, bossa nova, R&B, hip-hop, EDM and funk carioca in her own unique musical blend, has released four albums and has been a superstar in Latin America and other territories for years, amassing more than 55 million Instagram followers. Shirley Halperin, Variety, 1 Feb. 2022 This is one of my fave funk carioca tunes! Katie Bain, Billboard, 25 Nov. 2020 As Carnaval began to ramp up in mid-February 2023, that often-talked-about carioca effervescence was at a fever pitch. Sarah James, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 Mar. 2023 The 13-track project pulsates with bouncy Moonbahton, funk carioca, children’s choirs, South Asian percussion, and Tamil film soundtracks. Michelle Hyun Kim, Rolling Stone, 17 Oct. 2022 The Farm Rio office—our Greenhouse of Creatives—is very colorful and has the carioca lifestyle. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Glamour, 22 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


Brazilian Portuguese

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of carioca was in 1830

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“Carioca.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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