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
Then, the fort overlooked the lake, and the bayou spread wider across the land.
Native Americans lived there for centuries before the Frenchmen arrived, and many of their descendants still inhabit the bayou region.
McLellan’s scenic shots follow models throughout New Orleans, from a wooden boat in the Mississippi bayou to the historic venue where the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs.
There are also wine and beer cocktails, including a bayou shandy with a light-beer draft and housemade lemonade.
Scalise, married with two children, was first elected to the U.S. House in 2008, representing a district that includes some New Orleans suburbs and bayou parishes.
Scalise represents a district that includes some New Orleans suburbs and bayou parishes.
The oyster shack is located along the banks of a bayou and the Intracoastal Waterway.
Bruhl said the fish could be in the ponds, bayous or cuts, and may relate to each differently depending on the day.
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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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