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riad Line breaks: riad
Pronunciation: /ˈriːad/

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Definition of riad in English:


(In Morocco) a large traditional house built around a central courtyard, often converted into a hotel.
Example sentences
  • The group recorded their new CD in the Moroccan city of Fez, in the courtyard of a converted riad.
  • The pick of the bunch are the riad hotels, which typically occupy a traditional Moroccan house built around an open courtyard.
  • Marrakech's latest white-hot must do has been the rise of the riad, the town houses of the labyrinthine old city, the medina.


Arabic riyāḍ, riad, literally 'gardens', plural of rawḍa 'garden'.

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