Definition of lido
: a fashionable beach resort
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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.
Origin and Etymology of lido
First Known Use: 1860
Definition of Lido
island of Italy in the Adriatic Sea separating the Lagoon of Venice and the Gulf of Venice
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Definition of lido for English Language Learners
: a public outdoor swimming pool or swimming area
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