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[riv-ee-air-uh; for 1 also Italian ree-vye-rah] /ˌrɪv iˈɛər ə; for 1 also Italian riˈvyɛ rɑ/
a resort area along the Mediterranean coast, extending from Saint Tropez, in SE France, to La Spezia, in NW Italy.
French Côte d'Azur.
(often lowercase) any similar coastal resort area:
the Florida riviera. Unabridged
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  • The boy was philandering, junketing, somewhere on the Riviera.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Every inch of the way points to the future of the Riviera—a future not far off.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • My father is to meet me there, and we are then going on to the Riviera together.'

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • Her father is in Paris, and they are going on to the Riviera in a few weeks.'

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • I and Caroline Abbott had the greatest difficulty in dissuading her from the Riviera.

British Dictionary definitions for Riviera


a coastal region reminiscent of the Riviera


the Mediterranean coastal region between Cannes, France, and La Spezia, Italy: contains some of Europe's most popular resorts
Word Origin
C18: from Italian literally: shore, ultimately from Latin rīpa bank, shore
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Word Origin and History for Riviera

Mediterranean seacoast around Genoa, 1630s, from Italian riviera, literally "bank, shore" (see river). In extended use, the coast from Marseilles to La Spezia, which became popular 19c. as a winter resort. Thence adopted (sometimes ironically) in reference to areas of other countries, e.g. American Riviera (Florida, 1887); English Riviera (Devonshire coast, 1882).

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Riviera in Culture

Riviera definition

Narrow strip of land in southeastern France and northwestern Italy on the Mediterranean Sea, also including Monaco. Cannes, Monte Carlo, and Nice are three of its best-known towns and cities.

Note: Its scenic beauty and mild climate make it a popular vacation area.
Note: The French Riviera is also called the Côte d'Azur (the azure coast).
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