ri·​al·​to rē-ˈal-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce rialto (audio)
plural rialtos
: a theater district

Examples of rialto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Devon Avenue was the rialto of the Orthodox Jewish community, a flatbed truck loaded with poultry cages would appear just before the Day of Atonement. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 15 Jan. 2023 Meanwhile, away from the rialto, a new generation of ferociously talented playwrights is not so quietly laying claim to theater’s future. Adam Green, Vogue, 13 May 2019 And Adam Jacobs, his gleaming white teeth, his charming costar Isabelle McCalla as Princess Jasmine and the rest have all acquired a little more attention to veracity and Broadway chops since this show's first turn on the rialto. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, 11 Aug. 2017

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Word History


Rialto, island and district in Venice

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rialto was in 1549

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Cite this Entry

“Rialto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rialto. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Ri·​al·​to rē-ˈal-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce Rialto (audio)
city west of San Bernardino in southern California population 99,171
island and district of Venice, Italy
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