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Definition of Tributary


  1. Paying tribute to another, either from compulsion, as an acknowledgment of submission, or to secure protection, or for the purpose of purchasing peace.
  2. Hence, subject; subordinate; inferior.
  3. Paid in tribute.
  4. Yielding supplies of any kind; serving to form or make up, a greater object of the same kind, as a part, branch, etc.; contributing; as, the Ohio has many tributary streams, and is itself tributary to the Mississippi.
  5. A ruler or state that pays tribute, or a stated sum, to a conquering power, for the purpose of securing peace and protection, or as an acknowledgment of submission, or for the purchase of security.
  6. A stream or river flowing into a larger river or into a lake; an affluent.

Tributary Translations

tributary in Spanish is tributario
tributary in Swedish is bidragande, skattskyldig, biflod