[ ree-al-toh ]
/ riˈæl toʊ /

noun, plural ri·al·tos.

an exchange or mart.


Nearby words

  1. ri,
  2. ria,
  3. riaa curve,
  4. rial,
  5. rial omani,
  6. riant,
  7. riantly,
  8. riata,
  9. riau archipelago,
  10. rib

Origin of rialto

1590–1660; after the Rialto in Venice


[ ree-al-toh; for 1, 2 also Italian ree-ahl-taw ]
/ riˈæl toʊ; for 1, 2 also Italian riˈɑl tɔ /


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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British Dictionary definitions for rialto


/ (rɪˈæltəʊ) /

noun plural -tos

a market or exchange

Word Origin for rialto

C19: after the Rialto


/ (rɪˈæltəʊ) /


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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