tributary
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈtɹɪbjʊtəɹi/
Noun

tributary (plural tributaries)

  1. A natural water stream that flows into a larger river or other body of water.
  2. A nation, state, or other entity that pays tribute.
    • 1602 : William Shakespeare, Hamlet, act V scene 2
      As England was his faithful tributary
Synonyms
  • (stream which flows into a larger one) affluent
Translations Translations
  • Italian: vassallo
  • Russian: да́нник
Adjective

tributary (not comparable)

  1. Related to the paying of tribute.
  2. subordinate; inferior
    • 1634 October 9 (first performance), [John Milton], H[enry] Lawes, editor, A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634: […] [Comus], London: Printed [by Augustine Matthews] for Hvmphrey Robinson, […], published 1637, OCLC 228715864 ↗; reprinted as Comus: […] (Dodd, Mead & Company’s Facsimile Reprints of Rare Books; Literature Series; no. I), New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1903, OCLC 1113942837 ↗:
      to grace his tributary gods
  3. 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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