- a seaport in and the capital of Latvia, on the Gulf of Riga.
- Gulf of, an arm of the Baltic between Latvia and Estonia. 90 miles (145 km) long.
- a republic in N Europe, on the Baltic, S of Estonia, an independent state 1918–40; annexed by the Soviet Union 1940; regained independence 1991. 25,395 sq. mi. (63,700 sq. km). Capital: Riga.
Examples from the Web for riga
Yet the Meduza office was full of hope and what the journalists described as a fundamental change—they felt free in Riga.
That the Baltic free air and Riga's welcoming vibe could make her colleagues "too relaxed."
Now, the former KGB headquarters are open and exposing the horrors committed against the people of Riga.Secret KGB Torture House Opens Its Doors in Riga
June 4, 2014
Suggest Warsaw, Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn keep an eye out for masked men with guns wearing camouflage and no military insignia.Up to a Point: The U.S. Government’s Minimum Wage Is $430 Million Per Hour
P. J. O’Rourke
March 21, 2014
Talk about keeping the race pure: at Riga they first slept with them and then shot them to prevent them from talking.‘Soldaten: Secret WWII Transcripts of German POWs’ by Soenke Neitzel & Harald Welzer
Sönke Neitzel, Harald Welzer
September 24, 2012
In 1811 Mr. Madison appointed him consul at Riga, but he declined the place.
When I saw her at Riga she was thirty-five, and had reigned two years.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The police traced Skoropadski to Riga, but they have failed to arrest him, and he has, alas!The Minister of Evil
William Le Queux
When the embassy came to Riga, that young man was insulted by the governor.The Story of Russia
R. Van Bergen, M.A.
It is a German helmet that a friend of mine brought from the Riga front.Trapped in 'Black Russia'
- the capital of Latvia, on the Gulf of Riga at the mouth of the Western Dvina on the Baltic Sea: a port and major trading centre since Viking times. Pop: 739 232 (2002 est)
- a republic in NE Europe, on the Gulf of Riga and the Baltic Sea: ruled by Poland, Sweden, and Russia since the 13th century, Latvia was independent from 1919 until 1940 and was a Soviet republic (1940–91), gaining its independence after conflict with Soviet forces; it joined the EU in 2004. Latvia is mostly forested. Official language: Latvian. Religion: nonreligious, Christian. Currency: lats. Capital: Riga. Pop: 2 178 443 (2013 est). Area: 63 700 sq km (25 590 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for riga
Baltic nation, independent from 1918, named for its inhabitants, Latvian Latvji, whose ancient name is of unknown origin. In English, the people name was Lett. Parts of the modern state were known previously as Livonia (from Estonian liiv "sand") and Courland (from Curonians, name of a Lettish people, of unknown origin).