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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Rio de Janeiro, Right Now: 5 Reasons to Visit the Extraordinary Brazilian City," 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, "Rio de Janeiro, Right Now: 5 Reasons to Visit the Extraordinary Brazilian City," 19 Mar. 2019 The ingredients to make carioca are chocolate, nuts, sponge cake and glaze. Lisa Zapalac, Houston Chronicle, "Prime property: Carlton Woods custom highlights pool, outdoor living areas," 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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“Carioca.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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