Rio de Janeiro - definition of Rio de Janeiro by The Free
Rio de Ja·nei·ro. (dā zhə-nâr′ō, dē, dĭ)Familiarly known as "Rio." A city of southeast Brazil on Guanabara Bay, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean. The city's name, Portuguese for "River of January," reflects the fact that the first European explorers to visit the bay, in January 1502, believed it was the mouth of a river.
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