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Antônio Houaiss (Brazilian Portuguese: ['wajs] or ['uajs]; October 15, 1915–March 7, 1999) was a Brazilian lexicographer, writer and translator, who served as the Minister of Culture. He was born and died in Rio de Janeiro.

He was the son of Lebanese immigrants.

He is best known for his translation of James Joyce's Ulysses, and for supervising the composition of the Dicionário Houaiss da Língua Portuguesa, one of the major reference dictionaries for the Portuguese language.

He was a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters.


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