[riv-ee-air-uh; for 1 also Italian ree-vye-rah]
a resort area along the Mediterranean coast, extending from Saint Tropez, in SE France, to La Spezia, in NW Italy. See Côte d'Azur.
(often lowercase) any similar coastal resort area: the Florida riviera.
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riviera (ˌrɪvɪˈɛərə)
a coastal region reminiscent of the Riviera

Riviera (ˌrɪvɪˈɛərə)
the Mediterranean coastal region between Cannes, France, and La Spezia, Italy: contains some of Europe's most popular resorts
[C18: from Italian literally: shore, ultimately from Latin rīpa bank, shore]

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Word Origin & History

"Mediterranean seacoast around Genoa," 1632, from It., lit. "bank, shore" (see river). In extended use, the coast from Marseilles to La Spezia, which became popular 19c. as a winter resort.
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Riviera definition

Narrow strip of land in southeastern France and northwestern Italy on the Mediterranean Sea, also including Monaco. Cannes, Monte Carlo, and Nice are three of its best-known towns and cities.

Note: Its scenic beauty and mild climate make it a popular vacation area.
Note: The French Riviera is also called the Côte d'Azur (the azure coast).
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