Definition of riviera in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌrivēˈerə/
Pronunciation: /riˈvyərə/


1A coastal region with a subtropical climate and vegetation.
Example sentences
  • Poor in resources it may be, but the riviera, which in Italian simply means shore, in Liguria becomes The Riviera, a rocky, hauntingly lovely strip of coastline connecting France to Tuscany.
  • The Dalmatian riviera in Croatia is fast becoming the place to be seen.
  • Trieste sits on the Italian riviera, near the Slovenian border and at the foot of the Alps, terraced with peach coloured villas.
1.1 (the Riviera) A Mediterranean coastal region from Marseilles in France to La Spezia in Italy, noted for its beauty and climate, site of many resorts. See also Côte d'Azur.


Mid 18th century: from Italian, literally 'seashore'.

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Syllabification: riv·i·er·a

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