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[ree-al-toh] /riˈæl toʊ/
noun, plural rialtos.
an exchange or mart.
Origin of rialto
1590-1660; after the Rialto in Venice


[ree-al-toh; for 1, 2 also Italian ree-ahl-taw] /riˈæl toʊ; for 1, 2 also Italian riˈɑl tɔ/
a commercial center in Venice, Italy, consisting of an island and the surrounding district.
a bridge spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy: constructed of marble in 1590.
a city in SW California, near Los Angeles.
the theater district of a city or town, especially the area around Broadway in New York City. Unabridged
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Contemporary Examples
  • Food Destination The market at rialto, in Venice, is the Guggenheim of food.

    Fresh Picks Marcella Hazan July 27, 2009
  • Upon opening rialto, the Boston Globe quickly awarded the restaurant four stars, the newspaper's highest rating.

  • At rialto, my focus is Italian and I use asparagus a million ways on my spring menus.

    Fresh Picks Jody Adams April 26, 2010
  • In 1994, she opened rialto with partners Michele Larson and Karen Haskell.

    Fresh Picks Jody Adams April 26, 2010
Historical Examples
  • The first powerful stranger went with him all the way to the rialto.

    From a Swedish Homestead Selma Lagerlf
  • And then we were on the rialto and J. was saying "Of course you know that?"

    Nights Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • This is hardly an exaggeration, it was the rialto of the desperate, Street of the Adventurers.

    The City That Was Will Irwin
  • By this time the 3126 electric lights on the rialto were alight.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • Union Square was the rialto, the heart and center of the booking business.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
  • They stopped before a low arched door not fifty yards from the rialto.

    Stradella F(rancis) Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for rialto


noun (pl) -tos
a market or exchange
Word Origin
C19: after the Rialto


an island in Venice, Italy, linked with San Marco Island by the Rialto Bridge (1590) over the Grand Canal: the business centre of medieval and renaissance Venice
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Word Origin and History for rialto

1879, "exchange, mart," from the Rialto of Venice, the name of the quarter where the exchange was situated, contracted from Rivoalto and named for the canal (Latin rivus altus "deep stream") which it crosses.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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