- A coast; a shore.
“We’re renting a cottage on the Maine rivage next summer.”
“The rivage along the river is rocky, not sandy.”
“The ferry will arrive at the rivage just after noon.”
French, 14th century
Why this word?
Borrowed directly from French, “rivage” means “a coast or shore” in both French and English. In French it’s used commonly, but in English, “rivage” is usually reserved for more poetic occasions. There was also an earlier English definition that has dropped out of use — that of a rivage being a toll paid to cross or moor along a river.
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