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

Definition of riviera

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a coastal region frequented as a resort area and usually marked by a mild climate


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

Definition of Riviera (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of riviera in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "The not-so-dolce vita Italy struggles to reopen for tourism," 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, "Princess Caroline Wore Her Mother Grace Kelly's Pearls for the First Time Since Her Death," 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, "Alfred Hitchcock's Quiche Lorraine Recipe Is Scarily Good," 23 Mar. 2017 In the town’s center was a statue of Vladimir Lenin, his squinting eyes fiercely inspecting this Arctic riviera. Nimrod Nir, Newsweek, "Welcome to Pyramiden, a Mysterious Soviet Ghost Town, Where I Was Imprisoned by Nature—and My Poor Judgment," 14 Feb. 2018 Tuscany has its own riviera and hip beach resort of Tirrenia. Rob Hodgetts And Silvia Marchetti, CNN, "33 beautiful reasons to visit Italy," 2 June 2017 The Tiger Woods Foundation now runs the Genesis Open in Los Angeles, and Woods was expected to play Riviera next week for the first time since 2006. Doug Ferguson, Orange County Register, "Tiger Woods pulls out of Genesis Open because of back issues," 10 Feb. 2017

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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 20 Sep. 2020.

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