Definition of sertão in English:

sertão

noun

  • (in Brazil) an arid region of scrub.

    • ‘The humid Zona da Mala covers 11% of the area, whereas the transitional Agreste occupies 19% of the state and the dry sertão covers 70% of the state land.’
    • ‘However, the sertão is distinctive in its low rainfall compared to other areas of Brazil.’

Origin

Early 19th century: Portuguese.

Pronunciation:

sertão

/seKHˈtou/