how to pronounce tributary


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tributary is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of tributary in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… tributary okay a tributary not so bad …”

meanings of tributary


  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.


  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.

tributary frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word tributary occurs in english on average 0.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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