li·​do | \ ˈlē-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce lido (audio) \
plural lidos

Definition of lido

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a fashionable beach resort


geographical name
Li·​do | \ ˈlē-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce Lido (audio) \

Definition of Lido (Entry 2 of 2)

island of Italy in the Adriatic Sea separating the Lagoon of Venice and the Gulf of Venice

Lido Comes From an Italian Resort

The original Lido is a beach resort near Venice, Italy. The town’s name comes from the Italian word lido, which means "shore" or "bank." (The Italian root derives from litus, the Latin word for "shore.") By the mid-19th century, Lido’s reputation as a chic vacation destination for the well-to-do made it the envy of seaside resorts everywhere. English speaking social climbers generalized the town’s name and started using it for any fashionably Lido-esque beach.

Examples of lido in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And then heading to the lido for a dip in the deep-blue Tyrrhenian Sea. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 Aug. 2021 Popular ones include the Lido Beach Cristalda and the lido at Pelikano Beach (both in Vieste), and the Baia dei Mergoli in Mattinata, according to Enza Sgaramella of Turisti in Puglia. Catherine Sabino, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 The gritty villain origin-story has cannily maneuvered the circuit ever since launching on the lido at the Venice Film Festival, winning the prestigious Golden Lion and moving on to a loud encore in Toronto. David Canfield,, 14 Nov. 2019 James Gray's space epic 'Ad Astra,' Taika Waititi’s Hitler satire 'Jojo Rabbit' and the French-language debut of 'Shoplifters' director Hirokazu Kore-eda are among the titles that could light up the lido later this summer. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 July 2019 Even the city’s cornflower-blue-and-white trams empty out as residents hop on their bicycles and head for a badi (the natural swimming lidos along the lakes and rivers). Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 May 2018 Down below, white sand stretches east and west along the coast, divided into private beaches called lidos (rhymes with Speedos, of which there are more than a few), each defined by the color of its umbrellas. Michael Kiefer, USA TODAY, 14 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of lido


1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lido


Lido, Italy

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“Lido.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of lido

: a public outdoor swimming pool or swimming area

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