Tributary meaning

trĭbyə-tĕrē
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A ruler or nation that pays tribute.
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The definition of a tributary is a steam that flows into a larger body of water.

An example of a tributary is a stream that empties into an ocean.

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Tributary means paying tribute or contributory.

An example of tributary used as an adjective is the phrase tributary gifts which are gifts which are given to pay tribute to someone.

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A stream that flows into a larger stream or other body of water.
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Making additions or yielding supplies; contributory.
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Under another's control; subject.

A tributary nation.

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Paid in tribute.
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Paying tribute.

A tributary colony.

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Flowing into a larger one.

A tributary stream.

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A tributary nation or ruler.
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A natural water stream that flows into a larger river or other body of water.
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A tributary stream or river.
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A stream that flows into a river, a larger stream, or a lake.
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A nation, state, or other entity that pays tribute.
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Related to the paying of tribute.
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Yielding supplies of any kind; serving to form or make up, a greater object of the same kind, as a part, branch, etc.; contributing.

The Ohio has many tributary streams, and is itself tributary to the Mississippi.

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Origin of tributary

  • Middle English tributarie paying tribute from Latin tribūtārius from tribūtum tribute tribute

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English tributarie (“paying tribute"), from Latin tributarius, from tributum (“tribute").

    From Wiktionary