how to pronounce tributary

tɹɪbjətɛɹ

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meanings of tributary

adjective:

  1. Subordinate; inferior.
  2. Yielding supplies of any kind; serving to form or make up, a greater object of the same kind, as a part, branch, etc.; contributing.
  3. Related to the paying of tribute.

noun:

  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.