- 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.
Examples from the Web for riviera
Then the locals arrived for water aerobics conducted by a Riviera coach in lurid pink-and-black Lycra to French pop.No Movie Stars, No Red Carpet, But Off-Season Cannes Is Still Magic
September 15, 2014
Let there be wine, food, music, and ravishing summer landscapes from Alpine meadows to Riviera beaches.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder
August 10, 2014
A film based on the cartoon strips, Moomins on the Riviera, is out this year.Tove Jansson, Queen of the Moomins
August 9, 2014
We went over to the Riviera coffee shop and talked with Gene Kilroy.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
Dick Diver begins as the graceful, competent king of the Riviera and ends as a washed-up drunk, estranged from everyone he loves.The 10 Best Books on Literary Drunkenness
December 28, 2013
The boy was philandering, junketing, somewhere on the Riviera.Within the Law
Every inch of the way points to the future of the Riviera—a future not far off.In the Heart of Vosges
My father is to meet me there, and we are then going on to the Riviera together.'
Her father is in Paris, and they are going on to the Riviera in a few weeks.'
I and Caroline Abbott had the greatest difficulty in dissuading her from the Riviera.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
- a coastal region reminiscent of the Riviera
- the Mediterranean coastal region between Cannes, France, and La Spezia, Italy: contains some of Europe's most popular resorts
Word Origin and History for riviera
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).