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1. A native or inhabitant of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2. carioca
a. A dance similar to the samba.
b. The music for this dance.

[Portuguese, of Tupian origin.]

Car′i·o′can adj.


1. (Dancing) a Brazilian dance similar to the samba
2. (Music, other) a piece of music composed for this dance
[C19: from Brazilian Portuguese]


(ˌkær iˈoʊ kə)

n., pl. -cas.
a dance based on the samba.
[1930–35; after Carioca]


(ˌkær iˈoʊ kə)

n., pl. -cas.
(sometimes l.c.) a native or resident of Rio de Janeiro.
[1820–30; < Brazilian Portuguese < Tupi]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Carioca - a native or inhabitant of Rio de Janeiro
Rio, Rio de Janeiro - the former capital and 2nd largest city of Brazil; chief Brazilian port; famous as a tourist attraction
Brazilian - a native or inhabitant of Brazil
2.carioca - music composed for dancing the carioca
dance music - music to dance to
3.carioca - a lively ballroom dance that resembles the samba
ballroom dance, ballroom dancing - any of a variety of social dances performed by couples in a ballroom
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We will use the proceeds to further develop our proprietary software platform and expand our sales force and network," said Laurent Massa, president and CEO of Cariocas.
The Ramos pool, which looks more like a manmade lake than a conventional swimming pool, has attracted 50,000 people some weekends, given jobs to 1,400 people from nearby slums and been feted by reporters, filmmakers and even dozens of cariocas who donned bikinis to vie for the title of pool beauty queen.
Apart from RPC, Rio's only rap station, which offers mainly what cariocas call funky melody - a Rio version of Latin disco/Miami sound, as practiced ten years ago by artists like Noel and Lisa Lisa, that is produced mostly by local DJs and characterized by endless tracks featuring cheap sequencers, dull drum programming, and talking heads miming embarrassing lyrics - there's little effort to capture the real rhythm and poetry of Brazilian rap on the airwaves.
Ja os paragrafos que foram classificados como da categoria cariocas do brejo faziam alusao a termos como: Rio de Janeiro, cariocas, fluminense, TV Tupi Rio e times de futebol do Rio, entre outros.
Muchos cariocas no pestanaron cuando Milton Cerqueira, un ex general convertido en jefe de seguridad, ordeno a la policia "disparar primero y hacer preguntas despues" a los delincuentes.
Linger along beautiful sun swept beaches by day, then frolic in the world-famous nightlife of the city that dances until dawn with our delightful Cariocas experience
About-to-wed cariocas may, however, no longer have to work so hard for the same result.
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BACK WHEN I LIVED IN RIO DE JANEIRO, I OFTEN HEARD frustrated Cariocas lamenting over the city's "bagunca"--mess--of crime, corruption and everyday chaos.