The definition of a tributary is a steam that flows into a larger body of water.(noun)
An example of a tributary is a stream that empties into an ocean.
Tributary means paying tribute or contributory.(adjective)
An example of tributary used as an adjective is the phrase tributary gifts which are gifts which are given to pay tribute to someone.
See tributary in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME tributarie < L tributarius
noun pl. tributaries
See tributary in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English tributarie, paying tribute
Origin: , from Latin tribūtārius
Origin: , from tribūtum, tribute; see tribute.
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