ri·​vi·​era ˌri-vē-ˈer-ə How to pronounce riviera (audio)
often capitalized
: a coastal region frequented as a resort area and usually marked by a mild climate

Examples of riviera in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Travelers looking to book a summer getaway to Alaska can sail on a week-long cruise starting at only $499 per person, while those looking to head to the Mexican riviera from Los Angeles for five days can sail for only $246 per person, according to Norwegian. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 8 June 2022 The Orient Express ship is set to sail the Mediterranean riviera in the summer, with stops including Portofino, Capri, and Saint Tropez, as well as the Caribbean in the winter. Connor Sturges, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 Jan. 2023 According to The New York Times, studies have confirmed that France had the second-highest level of emissions from private jets in Europe after Britain, primarily due to its wealthy travelers going back and forth to Paris and the riviera. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 25 Aug. 2022 Now, there’s even talk of the Tour ditching the final stage in Paris for one along the French riviera. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 5 Aug. 2022 Then there’s Camogli, the riviera that the world forgot. Tom Marchant, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Oct. 2021 One&Only's first European resort opened in Portonovi in May, a major development for the Adriatic seaside gem that bills itself as the new European riviera. T+l Editors, Travel + Leisure, 8 June 2021 Slightly to the east of the Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian Sea is another riviera that is 50 years in the making: the Athens Riviera. Maya Kachroo-Levine, Travel + Leisure, 25 May 2021 Oligarchs from many of the post-Soviet states tend to favor the Turkish riviera with homes and yachts. Melik Kaylan, Forbes, 17 May 2021 See More

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Word History


from the Riviera, region in southeastern France and northwestern Italy

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of riviera was in 1865

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“Riviera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riviera. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Riv·​i·​era ˌri-vē-ˈer-ə How to pronounce Riviera (audio)
coast region of southeastern France and northwestern Italy bordering on the Mediterranean see côte d'azur

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