riv·​er·​bank ˈri-vər-ˌbaŋk How to pronounce riverbank (audio)
: the bank of a river

Examples of riverbank in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in recent months, Texas National Guard members and state police officers have taken a more aggressive approach toward migrants attempting to cross the Rio Grande, laying down concertina wire along the riverbank and, in some cases, shouting at them to go back to Mexico. J. David Goodman, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2023 At Coolidge Park in the NorthShore neighborhood, steps lead across the rocky riverbank and straight into the water. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, 11 Aug. 2023 Masten recalled seeing officers drag a woman away by her hair as tribe members protested on a riverbank. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2023 One summer day, Zippy and his extended family were paddling south down the Hudson but then circled back and flew up to the riverbank next to me. Harvey Dickson, New York Times, 3 Oct. 2023 Ezra, a Reagan appointee, gave Texas until Sept. 15 to relocate the floating barrier to the U.S. side of the riverbank, in coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2023 Skiffs anchored in the pebbly riverbank by town with five-gallon buckets brimming with berries. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Aug. 2023 But it’s built for the dirt, mud, and grime along the riverbank. Pete M. Anderson, Field & Stream, 28 Sep. 2023 Students from India who left when the invasion began were back and walking along the riverbank. Tim Judah, The New York Review of Books, 14 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1522, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of riverbank was circa 1522

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“Riverbank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riverbank. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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riv·​er·​bank ˈriv-ər-ˌbaŋk How to pronounce riverbank (audio)
: the bank of a river
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