from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • See Macao.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A city just west of Hong Kong, a highly autonomous special region of China, previously under Portuguese control.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. Same as Macao, the territory.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a former Portuguese province on the south coast of China and two islands in the South China Sea; reverted to China in 1999


From Portuguese Macau, corruption of Southern Sinitic ama (name of a patron goddess of sailors) + ngao "bay, port." (Wiktionary)



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