Macao n a city on the coast of S China, across the estuary of the Zhu Jiang from Hong Kong: chief centre of European trade with China in the 18th century; attained partial autonomy in 1976; formerly (until 1999) a Portuguese overseas province; transit trade with China; tourism. Pop.: 426000 (1998 est.). Area: 16 sq. km (6 sq. miles)
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