Definition of Macao in English:

Macao

proper noun

  • A special administrative region on the south-eastern coast of China on the west side of the Pearl River estuary opposite Hong Kong; formerly a Portuguese dependency and comprising the Macao peninsula and the islands of Taipa and Cologne; population 588,000 (estimated 2015); official languages, Portuguese and Cantonese; capital, Macao City. Visited by Vasco da Gama in 1497, Macao was developed by the Portuguese as a trading post and became the chief centre of trade between Europe and China in the 18th century. Under the terms of a 1987 agreement sovereignty passed to China in 1999.

    Portuguese name Macau

Pronunciation

Macao

/məˈkaʊ/