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[trib-yuh-ter-ee] noun, plural trib·u·tar·ies, adjective

1. a stream that flows to a larger stream or other body of water.
2. a person or nation that pays tribute in acknowledgment of subjugation or the like. 

3. (of a stream) flowing into a larger stream or other body of water.
4. furnishing subsidiary aid; contributory.
5. paying or required to pay tribute.
6. paid as tribute.
7. subject; subordinate: a tributary nation.

1325–75; Middle English (adj. and noun) < Latin tribūtārius of tribute, one who pays tribute. See tribute, -ary
Related forms
trib·u·tar·i·ly, adverb
non·trib·u·tar·y, adjective
un·trib·u·tar·i·ly, adverb
un·trib·u·tar·y, adjective 


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