One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A native of Rio de Janeiro.
- ‘You're familiar with that, you know how Orson Welles upon arriving in Rio excited the local cultured, worldly cariocas [inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro, trans].’
- ‘Its roughly 7 million people call themselves cariocas and have an argot all their own.’
- ‘The first of these, Missoni, has chosen a look somewhere between hippy and carioca which features a never-before-seen fake fur needlepoint fabric.’
- ‘Many cariocas, as the residents of Rio de Janeiro are called, make a point of getting out of town long before things get started.’
- ‘Elsewhere, athletic ‘cariocas’ (natives of Rio) play endless games of beach-volleyball, using all parts of their bodies to keep the ball from slamming into the powdery sand.’
- ‘If I dress in casual but clean and well-maintained clothes, appropriate to the local middle class, with ‘normal’, close cropped hair, I'm hardly noticed in a carioca crowd.’
- ‘One is a nordestino or a mineiro (native of the state of Minas Gerais) or a carioca (native of the city of Rio de Janeiro).’
- ‘This carioca (someone born in Rio de Janeiro) guy really represents the best we have in Brazil.’
- ‘Not that I'm comparing myself to such a grand personage, but there is in Brazilians, especially the cariocas, a great thirst for exotic phenomena which are linked to ‘outside’ mythologies.’
2A Brazilian dance resembling the samba.
- ‘Already being picked up by DJs with a taste for the exotic, Kuduro looks set to follow the path of Brazilian funk carioca and reggaeton, emerging from the ghettos of Angola into the dance music mainstream.’
- ‘Repeat shuffle, then carioca, starting with your left foot this time.’
Mid 19th century: from Portuguese, from Tupi kari'oka ‘house of the white man’.
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