Definition of riva in English:

riva

noun

  • 1A pavement running alongside a Venetian canal. Also more generally: any waterfront or promenade.

  • 2Specifically. With the and capital initial. The Riva degli Schiavoni, the main waterfront in Venice facing the San Marco Canal.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Stewart Rose (1775–1843), poet and translator. From Italian riva riverbank, seashore, in Venice also ‘pavement alongside a canal’.

Pronunciation

riva

/ˈriːvə/