noun, often capitalized
ri·​vi·​era | \ ˌri-vē-ˈer-ə How to pronounce riviera (audio) , ri-ˈvyer- \

Definition of riviera

: 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 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 Pixar’s latest is about a boy on the Italian riviera who befriends a sea monster disguised as a human. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 5 Jan. 2021 Rarely since then can Portofino, an elegant resort on the Italian riviera, have been as sparsely peopled on a Saturday afternoon: when the very rich moved on to more exotic locations, the day-trippers moved in. The Economist, 11 June 2020 The theme this year was the riviera, and before his death the late Chanel designer collaborated with his longtime friend Princess Caroline on the event. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 1 Apr. 2019 Cary Grant's suave jewel thief served a guest the dish, made by his housekeeper, on his picturesque balcony on the French riviera. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 23 Mar. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of riviera

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for riviera

from the Riviera, region in southeastern France and northwestern Italy

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“Riviera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riviera. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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Riviera geographical name

Riv·​i·​era | \ ˌri-vē-ˈer-ə How to pronounce Riviera (audio) \

Definition of Riviera

coast region of southeastern France and northwestern Italy bordering on the Mediterranean — see côte d'azur

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