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[ree-guh] /ˈri gə/
a seaport in and the capital of Latvia, on the Gulf of Riga.
Gulf of, an arm of the Baltic between Latvia and Estonia. 90 miles (145 km) long.


[lat-vee-uh, laht-] /ˈlæt vi ə, ˈlɑt-/
a republic in N Europe, on the Baltic, S of Estonia, an independent state 1918–40; annexed by the Soviet Union 1940; regained independence 1991. 25,395 sq. mi. (63,700 sq. km).
Capital: Riga.
Latvian Latvija
[laht-vi-yah] /ˈlɑt vɪˌyɑ/ (Show IPA)
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Examples from the Web for Riga
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  • He told us episodes of his early career at Magdeburg and Riga.

    Wagner as I Knew Him Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
  • The police traced Skoropadski to Riga, but they have failed to arrest him, and he has, alas!

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • Count Romanoff, of Riga, finds himself in a position of pecuniary embarrassment.

  • When the embassy came to Riga, that young man was insulted by the governor.

    The Story of Russia R. Van Bergen, M.A.
  • Narva, as appears by the map, is situated on the sea-coast, near the frontier—much nearer than Riga.

    Peter the Great Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for Riga


the capital of Latvia, on the Gulf of Riga at the mouth of the Western Dvina on the Baltic Sea: a port and major trading centre since Viking times. Pop: 739 232 (2002 est)


a republic in NE Europe, on the Gulf of Riga and the Baltic Sea: ruled by Poland, Sweden, and Russia since the 13th century, Latvia was independent from 1919 until 1940 and was a Soviet republic (1940–91), gaining its independence after conflict with Soviet forces; it joined the EU in 2004. Latvia is mostly forested. Official language: Latvian. Religion: nonreligious, Christian. Currency: lats. Capital: Riga. Pop: 2 178 443 (2013 est). Area: 63 700 sq km (25 590 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for Riga


Baltic nation, independent from 1918, named for its inhabitants, Latvian Latvji, whose ancient name is of unknown origin. In English, the people name was Lett. Parts of the modern state were known previously as Livonia (from Estonian liiv "sand") and Courland (from Curonians, name of a Lettish people, of unknown origin).

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Riga in Culture
Latvia [(lat-vee-uh, laht-vee-uh)]

Republic on the Baltic Sea, bordered by Estonia to the north, Russia to the east, Belarus to the southeast, and Lithuania to the south. Its capital and largest city is Riga.

Note: Nationalist sentiments brewing since the mid-nineteenth century erupted at the time of the Russian Revolution; after the collapse of Russia and Germany in World War I, Latvia was able to proclaim its independence. After twenty years of political instability, however, Latvia was forcibly integrated into the Soviet Union in 1940, along with Estonia and Lithuania. The collapse of the Soviet Union enabled Latvians to reassert their national identity, and they declared their country independent in August 1991.
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