noun, plural ri·al·tos.

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]


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.
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Related Words for rialto

forum, agora

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Contemporary Examples of rialto

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

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  • In 1994, she opened Rialto with partners Michele Larson and Karen Haskell.

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  • Upon opening Rialto, the Boston Globe quickly awarded the restaurant four stars, the newspaper's highest rating.

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  • Food Destination The market at Rialto, in Venice, is the Guggenheim of food.

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Historical Examples of rialto

  • But I rubs down and gets into my Rialto wardrobe that I'd brought along in a suit-case.

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

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    Harold MacGrath

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


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  • 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

a market or exchange

Word Origin for rialto

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.

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