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

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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.

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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, "Plan a Trip to Zurich This Summer (Yes, Really)," 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, "Sperlonga, Italy: Beaches and the beauty of doing nothing," 14 Sep. 2017 Within easy reach of the city by uBahn, sBahn, or bike, and home to numerous chic, über-clean sommerbäder (lidos) for the less lake-inclined, Berlin really is a swimmer's heaven with an edge. Alexandra Pereira, CNT, "Why Swimming Is the Ultimate Berlin Summer Pastime," 9 Aug. 2017 The Nest feels like lounging on a lido deck, with a backdrop of islands and the snowcapped Olympics. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Negroni slushies, Negroni floats: Everything is on the table during Negroni Week," 31 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of lido

British : a public outdoor swimming pool or swimming area

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