The literal definition of the word “carioca” is a native or inhabitant of Rio de Janeiro. However the meaning behind it goes far beyond merely place of residence. It describes a good-hearted, friendly, generous and humorous state of spirit in an often chaotic, loose system where punctuality is optional, social relations are essential, delays are inevitable and contradictions are evident.
"Two Quarters in Rio de Janeiro: The Carioca Experience,"
1, Article 21.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/focus/vol1/iss1/21