Simple Definition of river
: a large natural flow of water that crosses an area of land and goes into an ocean, a lake, etc.
: a large flow of something
Full Definition of river
1 a : a natural stream of water of usually considerable volume b : watercourse
2 a : something resembling a river <a river of lava> b plural : large or overwhelming quantities <drank rivers of coffee>
: to or in prison <was sent up the river>
Examples of river in a sentence
The raft is too small to use on this part of the river.
Rivers of mud flowed down the hillside.
Origin of river
Middle English rivere, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *riparia, from Latin, feminine of riparius riparian, from ripa bank, shore; perhaps akin to Greek ereipein to tear down
First Known Use: 14th century
RIVER Defined for Kids
Definition of river for Students
1 : a natural stream of water larger than a brook or creek
2 : a large stream or flow <a river of mud>
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