[ lee-doh ]

noun,plural li·dos.British.
  1. a fashionable beach resort.

  2. a public open-air swimming pool.

Origin of lido

First recorded in 1925–30; after the Lido

Words Nearby lido

Other definitions for Lido (2 of 2)

[ lee-doh; Italian lee-daw ]

  1. a chain of sandy islands in northeastern Italy, between the Lagoon of Venice and the Adriatic: a beach resort.

Origin of Lido

First recorded in 1670–80; from Italian lido “shore, beach, strand,” from Latin lītus; see origin at littoral Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use lido in a sentence

  • We take our boat to the lido where were transfer by car to the red carpet.

    Frida Giannini’s Venice Diary | Frida Giannini | September 12, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The film played in the historic sala grande on the lido, which is an 1,100-seat theater—a very formal screening with a full house.

    My Fight with Valentino | Matt Tyrnauer | December 7, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • I went on vowing until I arrived with a mountain of luggage, a wife and a child and a maid at a great hotel on the lido.

    Jaffery | William J. Locke
  • Afterward he would cross the Laguna going to the lido, where his stables were.

  • It is likely enough that the local pronunciation of Cnido may have been taken by the monkish traveller for something like lido.

  • They were all at the moment making a last visit to the lido and the next day would start for Florence.

    The Four Corners Abroad | Amy Ella Blanchard
  • “If Carlo Zeno does not come in forty-eight hours, the fleet may return to lido,” said he.

British Dictionary definitions for lido


/ (ˈliːdəʊ) /

nounplural -dos
  1. British a public place of recreation, including a pool for swimming or water sports

Origin of lido

C20: after the Lido, island bathing beach near Venice, from Latin litus shore

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