(pronounced /ˈliːdoʊ/ lee-doh
or /ˈlaɪdoʊ/ ly-doh
), in the United Kingdom
and some other countries, refers to a public outdoor swimming pool
and surrounding facilities, or part of a beach where people can swim, lie in the sun
or participate in water sports.
On a cruise ship
, outdoor pools and the surrounding facilities are referred to as the lido deck
The term lido
is the Italian word for beach
and forms part of the place name of several Italian seaside towns known for their beach, e.g. Lido di Venezia
, the barrier beach
enclosing the Lagoon of Venice
Possibly the term found its way into English from returning English visitors to Lido di Venezia, where sea-bathing took place from the late 19th century.
The word was first used for a public outdoor swimming pool in the UK in July 1935, in London.