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noun, plural ri·al·tos.
  1. 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]
  1. a commercial center in Venice, Italy, consisting of an island and the surrounding district.
  2. a bridge spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy: constructed of marble in 1590.
  3. a city in SW California, near Los Angeles.
  4. the theater district of a city or town, especially the area around Broadway in New York City.
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  • But I rubs down and gets into my Rialto wardrobe that I'd brought along in a suit-case.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • Not till he passed under the Rialto, which afforded him a deep shadow, did he turn.

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

  • And then we were on the Rialto and J. was saying "Of course you know that?"


    Elizabeth Robins Pennell

  • By this time the 3126 electric lights on the Rialto were alight.

  • They stopped before a low arched door not fifty yards from the Rialto.


    F(rancis) Marion Crawford

British Dictionary definitions for rialto


noun plural -tos
  1. a market or exchange

Word Origin

C19: after the Rialto


  1. 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.

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