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Na Stírce Lido in Prague

In British English, a lido (/ˈld/ LEE-doh, /ˈld/ LY-doh)[1] is 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 or ocean liner, the lido deck features outdoor pools and related facilities.

Lido, an Italian word for "beach", forms part of the place names of several Italian seaside towns known for their beaches, such as Lido di Venezia, the barrier beach enclosing the Venetian Lagoon. The term may have found its way into English via English visitors returning from the Lido di Venezia, where sea-bathing took place from the late-19th century.[2]

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  1. ^ See entry for lido in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. 6th ed. (2007). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 1593.
  2. ^ Smith, Janet (2006). Liquid assets: the lidos and open air swimming pools of Britain. English Heritage. p. 183. ISBN 978-0-9547445-0-2.

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  • Smith, Janet (2006). Liquid assets: the lidos and open air swimming pools of Britain. English Heritage. ISBN 0-9547445-0-0.

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