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1A native or inhabitant of Macao, especially one of mixed Chinese and Portuguese descent.
- ‘With 11 casinos, 10,000 staff and a tax bill that provides two-thirds of Government revenue, Ho was seen by most Macanese as sure to keep his license.’
- ‘The young Macanese driver will be at the Pembrey Circuit on August 18-19 to test Carlin Motorsport's new model Dallara Mugen-Honda.’
- ‘The Portuguese have seemed to close their ranks, although the Macanese are in a more vulnerable position due to the pull of Chinese culture.’
- ‘Among the Chinese, the extended family, based on lineage connections, remains important; among Portuguese and Macanese, the nuclear family is the common domestic unit.’
- ‘After 400 years of Portuguese rule, the colonizers' bloodlines have been embedded in the makeup of the country to produce some delightful fusions - the handsome Macanese and their glorious cuisine.’
- ‘Therefore, sending Portuguese passport holding Macanese to Taiwan on intelligence missions is very convenient for Beijing.’
2[mass noun] A Portuguese Creole formerly used in Macao.
- ‘Since the first Chinese immigrants came from Macau, some of these also speak Macanese, a Portuguese Creole also known as Patuá.’
- ‘However, I do understand my parents when they speak Macanese, and if required, I could carry on a simple conversation in Macanese.’
- ‘The old Macanese language (Patuá, or Makista) was a typical Creole language, based on Portuguese but heavily influenced by various Chinese dialects and by Malay.’
Relating to Macao or the Macanese.
- ‘A typical Macanese paradox: cross a street and you feel you are in China; cross another and you find yourself in Europe, Portugal to be precise.’
- ‘As well as fielding Chinese hopeful Wang, the new Team China, headed by Macanese motorsport veteran Ao Chi-Hong, will run China drivers Song Ge and Chia On for the opening rounds in Bahrain.’
- ‘Then I remembered I hadn't had breakfast, so I traipsed down the Rua de Santo Paolo to eat some Macanese food in town.’
- ‘Hsieh said he was heading a team of officials and business executives to attract Macanese investors and holidaymakers to Hualien.’
- ‘‘I will still need to work on my fitness’, added the young Macanese star.’
- ‘Her detailed description of the interplay of Portuguese dishes with Cantonese cooking and also the indigenous Macanese cuisine abounds in interesting detail.’
- ‘First, the Macanese authorities did not receive an application to operate a casino on an aircraft carrier in the enclave.’
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