Macau

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English[edit]

Map including MACAU 澳門 (AMS, 1954)

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Portuguese Macau, corruption of southern Chinese 阿媽港阿妈港, from 阿媽阿妈 (aa3 maa1, “Mazu, patron goddess of sailors”) + (gong2, “bay, port”).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /məˈkaʊ/
  • Rhymes: -aʊ
  • (file)

Proper noun[edit]

Macau

  1. A Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China just west of Hong Kong, previously under Portuguese control.
    • 1598, “24 Of the courſe out of the Hauen of Macau in China to the Iſland of Pulo Tymon, & the ſtraight of Sincapura.”, in W. P., transl., The Nauigation of the Portingales into the Eaſt Indies[1], London: John Wolfe, page 349:
      When you depart from Macau to ye other coaſt, you must put out at the Eaſt chanel, if the wind bee Northweſt, if not, then you cannot paſſe, that way, but you muſt ſayle thorough the ſouthweſt chanel, which is a good way to paſſe out, running from the point of Varella, right unto the land on the other ſide of Macau, []
    • 1990, Shann Davies, Macau[2], Passport Books, →ISBN Invalid ISBN, page 10:
      Within 20 years, Macau had become an international city and one of the richest places on earth, thanks to investment in the cargoes shipped through the port.
    • 2015 September 12, Jochen Faget, “Crisis in China's gambling paradise”, in DW News[3], archived from the original on 12 September 2015[4]:
      Open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, Macau's 35 casinos entertain around 30 million visitors each year, making over 30 billion euros in revenue. These are figures which make the US gambling city of Las Vegas look like a desert village. []
      Macau is the only place in China where gambling is officially permitted. Until the end of 1999, the peninsula was a Portuguese colony. Since it was handed back to China, the city of 600,000 people located at the mouth of the Pearl River has been a largely autonomous Special Administrative Region (SAR).
    • 2023 March 22, Nicole Hong, Alexandra Stevenson, “China Approves an mRNA Covid Vaccine, Its First”, in The New York Times[5], →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 23 March 2023, Business‎[6]:
      At the height of the Covid wave, some mainland residents ventured across the border to the Chinese territory of Macau to find foreign-made mRNA vaccines.

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See also[edit]

Province-level divisions of the People's Republic of China in English (layout · text)
Provinces: Anhui · Fujian · Guangdong · Gansu · Guizhou · Henan · Hubei · Hebei · Hainan · Heilongjiang · Hunan · Jilin · Jiangsu · Jiangxi · Liaoning · Qinghai · Sichuan · Shandong · Shaanxi · Shanxi · Taiwan (claimed) · Yunnan · Zhejiang
Autonomous regions: Guangxi · Inner Mongolia · Ningxia · Tibet Autonomous Region · Xinjiang
Municipalities: Beijing · Tianjin · Shanghai · Chongqing
Special administrative regions: Hong Kong · Macau

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wu, Z., and G. Jin. "The evolution of spellings of ‘Macau’: An examination of early Portuguese and Western archival materials." Macao–cultural interaction and literary representations (2014): 3-11.
  • Macau”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–present.

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Catalan[edit]

Catalan Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia ca

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Proper noun[edit]

Macau m

  1. Macau (a city and special administrative region of China)

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Macanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Portuguese Macau.

Proper noun[edit]

Macau

  1. Macau (a city and special administrative region of China)

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Portuguese[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aw
  • Hyphenation: Ma‧cau

Proper noun[edit]

Macau m

  1. Macau (a city and special administrative region of China)

Usage notes[edit]

Macau is never indicated by an article; see usage notes for Portugal.

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Spanish[edit]

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Macau ?

  1. Alternative form of Macao

Further reading[edit]

Tagalog[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: Ma‧cau
  • IPA(key): /maˈkaw/, [mɐˈxaʊ̯]

Proper noun[edit]

Macáu (Baybayin spelling ᜋᜃᜏ᜔)

  1. Alternative spelling of Makaw