There are 2 main definitions of ria in English:

Share this entry

ria 1

Pronunciation: /ˈriːə/


A long, narrow inlet formed by the partial submergence of a river valley.
Example sentences
  • Due to their nature, the rias or estuaries contain very peculiar ecosystems which often contain important amounts of fish.
  • The beaches that lie in some of the more protected rias have a warmer sea than those which are exposed, although water temperatures in Galicia never reach the heights found in the south of Spain.
  • Everyone in the busy tapas bar I ventured into was tucking into heaped platefuls of pulpo, Galicia's ‘national’ dish, scallops and tasty, but tough-to-open percebes, unique to the rias.


Late 19th century: from Spanish ría 'estuary'.

Words that rhyme with ria

Achaea, aliyah, Almería, Apia, Bahía, Caesarea, Cassiopeia, Chaldea, Cytherea, Euboea, foreseer, freer, galleria, gynaecea, Iphigenia, Kampuchea, kea, keyer, Latakia, Leah, Lucia, Nicaea, Nicosia, onomatopoeia, Oriya, osteria, Pangaea, Pantelleria, pharmacopoeia, pizzeria, rupiah, sangría, seer, sharia, Shia, skier, spiraea (US spirea), Tanzania, taqueria, Tarpeia, Thea, trachea, trattoria, urea
Share this entry

There are 2 main definitions of ria in English:

Share this entry



2Royal Irish Academy.
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.