Middle English tributariepaying tributefrom Latin tribūtāriusfromtribūtumtributetribute
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle English tributarie (“paying tribute"), from Latintributarius, from tributum (“tribute").
Tributary Sentence Examples
The duchy of Benevento remained tributary, but independent.
The Deerfield, West, Williams, White, Passumpsic and Nulhegan rivers are the largest of the many streams which are tributary to the Connecticut.
The Congo and its tributary streams are separately noticed.
Even the emperor had to be content to be treated by the sultan as an inferior and tributary prince; while France had to suffer, with no more than an idle protest, the insult of the conversion of Catholic churches at Constantinople into mosques.
This plateau region is watered by numerous tributaries of the Parnahyba, chief of which are the Urussuhy, the Caninde and its tributary the Piauhy, the Gurgueia and its tributary the Parahim, which drains the large inland lake of Parnagua, the Longa, and the Poty, which has its source in the state of Ceara.