Riviera

[ riv-ee-air-uh; for 1 also Italian ree-vye-rah ]
/ ˌrɪv iˈɛər ə; for 1 also Italian riˈvyɛ rɑ /
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noun

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

riviera

/ (ˌrɪvɪˈɛərə) /

noun

a coastal region reminiscent of the Riviera

Riviera

/ (ˌrɪvɪˈɛərə) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for riviera

Riviera

n.

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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Culture definitions for riviera

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.

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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