Definition of bayou
1 : a creek, secondary watercourse, or minor river that is tributary to another body of water
2 : any of various usually marshy or sluggish bodies of water
Examples of bayou in a Sentence
a small creek that is the bayou of a larger stream
Recent Examples of bayou from the Web
Bruhl said the fish could be in the ponds, bayous or cuts, and may relate to each differently depending on the day.
After their car breaks down in the bayou, a group of teens are stalked by a voodoo killer.
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Origin and Etymology of bayou
borrowed from Louisiana French, earlier bayouque, perhaps borrowed from early Choctaw *bayok, whence Choctaw bo·k “creek, river”
First Known Use: 1763See Words from the same year
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Definition of bayou for English Language Learners
: an area of water in the southern U.S. in which the water moves very slowly and is filled with many plants
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Definition of bayou for Students
: a body of water (as a creek) that flows slowly through marshy land
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