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rialto

[ree-al-toh] /riˈæl toʊ/
noun, plural rialtos.
1.
an exchange or mart.
Origin
1590-1660
1590-1660; after the Rialto in Venice

Rialto

[ree-al-toh; for 1, 2 also Italian ree-ahl-taw] /riˈæl toʊ; for 1, 2 also Italian riˈɑl tɔ/
noun
1.
a commercial center in Venice, Italy, consisting of an island and the surrounding district.
2.
a bridge spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy: constructed of marble in 1590.
3.
a city in SW California, near Los Angeles.
4.
the theater district of a city or town, especially the area around Broadway in New York City.
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British Dictionary definitions for rialto

rialto

/rɪˈæltəʊ/
noun (pl) -tos
1.
a market or exchange
Word Origin
C19: after the Rialto

Rialto

/rɪˈæltəʊ/
noun
1.
an island in Venice, Italy, linked with San Marco Island by the Rialto Bridge (1590) over the Grand Canal: the business centre of medieval and renaissance Venice
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Word Origin and History for rialto
n.

1879, "exchange, mart," from the Rialto of Venice, the name of the quarter where the exchange was situated, contracted from Rivoalto and named for the canal (Latin rivus altus "deep stream") which it crosses.

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