Brazilians are citizens of Brazil. A Brazilian can also be a man born abroad to some Brazilian parent or legal guardian in addition to somebody who acquired Brazilian citizenship. Brazil is a multiethnic society, which means that it's home to individuals of different ethnic origins. Because of this, the vast majority of Brazilians don't equate their nationality with their ethnicity, generally embracing and espousing both concurrently.
In the time after the colonization of the Brazilian land by Portugal, during a lot of the XVI century, the word "Brazilian" has been supplied to the Portuguese merchants of Brazilwood, designating only the name of such profession, because the inhabitants of this territory were, in most of them, native or Portuguese born in Portugal, or in the land now called Brazil.However, long before the independence of Brazil, in 1822, both in Brazil and in Portugal, it was common to attribute the Brazilian gentile to some person, usually of clear Portuguese descent, resident or whose household lived in the State of Brazil (1530-1815), belonging to the Portuguese Empire. During the life of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves (1815-1822), nevertheless, there has been confusion about the terminology.