river

noun, often attributive riv·er \ ˈri-vər \

Definition of river

1 a :a natural stream of water of usually considerable volume
2 a :something resembling a river
  • a river of lava
b rivers plural :large or overwhelming quantities
  • drank rivers of coffee
up the river
:to or in prison
  • was sent up the river

Examples of river in a Sentence

  1. The raft is too small to use on this part of the river.

  2. Rivers of mud flowed down the hillside.

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Origin and Etymology 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



RIVER Defined for English Language Learners

river

noun

Definition of river for English Language Learners

  • : 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


RIVER Defined for Kids

river

noun riv·er \ ˈri-vər \

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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