The name "Rio de Janeiro" literally translates to "River of January" in Portuguese, which is actually a misnomer because there is no river in Rio.What does the name Rio de Janeiro mean?
Meaning & History. Means "river" in Spanish or Portuguese. A city in Brazil bears this name. Its full name is Rio de Janeiro, which means "river of January", so named because the first explorers came to the harbour in January and mistakenly thought it was a river mouth.What does Rio Janeiro mean?
Definition of 'Rio de Janeiro'. Rio de Janeiro in British. 1. a port in SE Brazil, on Guanabara Bay: the country's chief port and its capital from 1763 to 1960; backed by mountains, notably Sugar Loaf Mountain; founded by the French in 1555 and taken by the Portuguese in 1567.What is de Janeiro?
Latin America and Europe. Rio de Janeiro (/ˈriːoʊ di ʒəˈnɛəroʊ, - deɪ -, - də -/; Portuguese: [ˈʁi.u d(ʒi) ʒɐˈnejɾu]; River of January), or simply Rio, is the second-most populous municipality in Brazil and the sixth-most populous in the Americas.