brazil [bruh-zil] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. brazilwood.

Origin of brazil 1350–1400; Middle English brasile Medieval Latin Italian Spanish brasil, derivative of brasa live coal (the wood being red in color) Germanic; see braise Brazil [bruh-zil] noun

  1. a republic in South America. 3,286,170 sq. mi. (8,511,180 sq. km). Capital: Brasília.

Portuguese and Spanish Brasil.Official name Federative Republic of Brazil. Related formsBra·zil·ian [bruh-zil-yuh n] /brəˈzɪl yən/, adjective, nounpro-Bra·zil·ian, adjective, nounpseu·do-Bra·zil·ian, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for brazil Contemporary Examples of brazil

  • In Brazil people color code their underwear according to their needs.

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  • The rift put Washington at odds with countries like Brazil, Uruguay or Chile, which seemed to have come to terms with their past.

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  • Lastly, the re-opening of diplomatic ties between Havana and Washington gives Brazil a chance to push for changes in Cuba.

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  • Santa Catarina, Brazil There could not be a better time to visit Brazil.

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  • But they were not making enough profits, as the rate of growth had slowed as Brazil invested in the welfare of its own people.

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  • Historical Examples of brazil

  • And over there in Brazil, and up there towards the Cordilleras, it is unknown.

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  • This left Brazil within the region claimed by the Portuguese.

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  • In Brazil the diggings were not so extensive nor so rich as in this state.

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  • A representative of a peaceful people is always welcome to Brazil.

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  • Many thousands of Germans have already settled in southern Brazil.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for brazil brazil brasil noun

    1. Also called: brazil wood the red wood obtained from various tropical leguminous trees of the genus Caesalpinia, such as C. echinata of America: used for cabinetwork
    2. the red or purple dye extracted from any of these woodsSee also brazilin
    3. short for brazil nut

    Word Origin for brazil C14: from Old Spanish brasil, from brasa glowing coals, of Germanic origin; referring to the redness of the wood; see braise Brazil noun

    1. a republic in South America, comprising about half the area and half the population of South America: colonized by the Portuguese from 1500 onwards; became independent in 1822 and a republic in 1889; consists chiefly of the tropical Amazon basin in the north, semiarid scrub in the northeast, and a vast central tableland; an important producer of coffee and minerals, esp iron ore. Official language: Portuguese. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: real. Capital: Brasília. Pop: 201 009 622 (2013 est). Area: 8 511 957 sq km (3 286 470 sq miles)

    Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for brazil Brazil

    1550s, from Spanish/Portuguese terra de brasil “red-dye-wood land,” from Spanish brasil or Italian brasile, probably connected to French braize (see braize) for resemblance of color to a glowing ember (but Old Italian form verzino suggests a possible connection with Arabic wars “saffron”). Originally the name of a type of wood from an East Indian tree, used in making dye; the name later was transferred to a similar South American species. Brazil in reference to the wood is attested in English from late 14c. Complicating matters is Hy Brasil, a name applied by 1436 to one of the larger Azores Islands, later transferred to a legendary island or rock off the west coast of Ireland (sighted in 1791 at lat. 51° 10′, long. 15° 58′).

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper brazil in Culture Brazil

    Republic in eastern South America. It borders on every South American country except Chile and Ecuador. Its capital is Brasilia, and its largest city is São Paulo.

    Note The largest of the Latin-American countries, Brazil occupies almost half of South America.Note It is the world’s leading coffee exporter.Note The only country in South America whose history was dominated by Portugal; it is the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world. The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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