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tributary

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noun trib·u·tary \ˈtri-byə-ˌter-ē\

Definition of tributary

plural

tributaries

  1. 1 :  a stream feeding a larger stream or a lake

  2. 2 :  a ruler or state that pays tribute to a conqueror

Did You Know?

A tributary was originally a person or state that owed tribute to a more powerful person or state. Ancient China, for instance, had dozens of tributary states, and the emperor would receive elephants from Siam or young girls from Korea as tribute. Just as a smaller power gave some of its wealth to a larger power, a small river contributes its waters to a larger one. A tributary can be a tiny stream, but some are immense rivers. The Missouri River, for example, could be called a tributary to the Mississippi, even though it's about 2,500 miles long and receives hundreds of tributaries itself.

14th Century

First Known Use of tributary

14th century


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tributary

adjective trib·u·tary

Definition of tributary

  1. 1 :  paying tribute to another to acknowledge submission, to obtain protection, or to purchase peace :  subject

  2. 2 :  paid or owed as tribute tributary gifts

  3. 3 :  channeling material or supplies into something more inclusive :  contributory

Examples of tributary in a sentence

  1. one of the river's tributaries

  2. This stream is a tributary of the Ohio River.

14th Century

First Known Use of tributary

14th century


TRIBUTARY Defined for English Language Learners


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tributary

adjective trib·u·tary

Definition of tributary for English Language Learners

  • : a stream that flows into a larger stream or river or into a lake


TRIBUTARY Defined for Kids

tributary

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noun trib·u·tary \ˈtri-byə-ˌter-ē\

Definition of tributary for Students

plural

tributaries

  1. :  a stream flowing into a larger stream or a lake The river has several tributaries.


Medical Dictionary

tributary

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noun trib·u·tary \ˈtrib-yə-ˌter-ē\

Medical Definition of tributary

plural

tributaries

  1. :  a vein that empties into a larger vein



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