[ riv-ee-air-uh; for 1 also Italian ree-vye-rah ]
/ ˌrɪv iˈɛər ə; for 1 also Italian riˈvyɛ rɑ /
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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for Riviera (1 of 2)

/ (ˌrɪvɪˈɛərə) /

a coastal region reminiscent of the Riviera

British Dictionary definitions for Riviera (2 of 2)

/ (ˌrɪvɪˈɛərə) /

the Mediterranean coastal region between Cannes, France, and La Spezia, Italy: contains some of Europe's most popular resorts

Word Origin for Riviera

C18: from Italian literally: shore, ultimately from Latin rīpa bank, shore
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Cultural definitions for Riviera


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.

notes for Riviera

Its scenic beauty and mild climate make it a popular vacation area.

notes for Riviera

The French Riviera is also called the Côte d'Azur (the azure coast).
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