Definition of riviera in English:



  • 1A coastal region with a subtropical climate and vegetation.

    • ‘Western Liguria is home to the Italian riviera and the eastern side borders Tuscany.’
    • ‘Poor in resources it may be, but the riviera, which in Italian simply means shore, in Liguria becomes The Riviera, a rocky, hauntingly lovely strip of coastline connecting France to Tuscany.’
    • ‘The Dalmatian riviera in Croatia is fast becoming the place to be seen.’
    • ‘Trieste sits on the Italian riviera, near the Slovenian border and at the foot of the Alps, terraced with peach coloured villas.’
    • ‘Holiday destination to none other than the Blair family, Sharm el Sheikh is also know as the Red Sea riviera.’
    1. 1.1A Mediterranean coastal region from Marseilles in France to La Spezia in Italy, noted for its beauty and climate, site of many resorts.
      See also Côte d'Azur


Mid 18th century: from Italian, literally seashore.