Definition of riad in English:

riad

noun

  • (in Morocco) a large traditional house built around a central courtyard, often converted into a hotel.

    • ‘As in an authentic Moroccan riad, the home encompasses an enclosed court-yard with a shaded arcade for lounging.’
    • ‘Back at our riad, champagne corks pop and canapes are handed round as we settle down on comfortable couches overlooking the pool.’
    • ‘The English-born owner tells us his riad is regularly booked for fashion shoots, and has also been rented by celebrity A-listers for private parties.’
    • ‘If you are heading for Marrakesh, for instance, you are going to want to stay in a riad.’
    • ‘Try a riad for a taste of Moroccan-style luxury.’
    • ‘The group recorded their new CD in the Moroccan city of Fez, in the courtyard of a converted riad.’
    • ‘Riad Kasbah Le Mirage is the elite version of the Moroccan courtyard house.’
    • ‘The pick of the bunch are the riad hotels, which typically occupy a traditional Moroccan house built around an open courtyard.’
    • ‘"At first, it seemed like the people were tough and it took me a long time to understand," Ania, a German riad owner in Marrakech told me.’
    • ‘Renting out the familyriad could help their finances at this time.’
    • ‘We booked into a once semi-derelict riad now a spacious private home with 10 bedrooms, all en-suite.’
    • ‘La Palmeraie's 40 acres of grounds also contain a new and utterly tranquil oasis modelled on a riad, with 60 suites.’
    • ‘Accessed via a snaking staircase, it was the perfect spot for long breakfasts, chilling out and being waited on by the riad's four delightful staff.’
    • ‘He has just opened a riad in Marrakesh, a half-hour drive away, called Kssour Agafay, which doubles as a private members ' club and boutique hotel.’
    • ‘Shopping around for the right riad can be as fun or as fraught with disaster as going to the souk.’
    • ‘This gorgeous riad is about 4km out of the city, and looks out towards the snowy peaks of the High Atlas - worth every dollar.’
    • ‘The following night, as arranged, I met Zizi at the tanneries and he led me through the dark and narrow winding streets to his family riad.’
    • ‘My sister has a lovely riad in the medina, and we've renovated an old medieval castle not far away in the Atlas Mountains, called the Kasbah Tamadot.’
    • ‘Our riad was simply, but beautifully decorated with Moroccan handicrafts, textiles and furnishings.’
    • ‘Marrakech's latest white-hot must do has been the rise of the riad, the town houses of the labyrinthine old city, the medina.’

Origin

Arabic riyāḍ, riad, literally ‘gardens’, plural of rawḍa ‘garden’.

Pronunciation

riad

/ˈriːad/