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[ree-uh] /ˈri ə/
a long, narrow inlet of a river that gradually decreases in depth from mouth to head.
Origin of ria
First recorded in 1895-1900, ria is from the Spanish word ría river Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I had thought she was a mort,” said I; “but the ria of a Romany chal is always sacred to me.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
  • That ria had to die to achieve her happiness is of no real importance.

    Each Man Kills Victoria Glad
  • Sometimes, though, when I look at ria's picture, it's hard to be practical.

    Each Man Kills Victoria Glad
  • But I wasn't a pup, so I headed straight for ria's flat to face the music.

    Each Man Kills Victoria Glad
  • "Come and see," said 'ria, giving me one hand, while she stroked Silvertoes with the other.

    Aunt Madge's Story Sophie May
  • This is Aunt 'ria's house, and that little snip of a Flyaway is trying to get in.

  • Now I'll put on my pretty morning dress; Aunt 'ria hung it up in the closet.

  • You needn't punish the baby, Aunt 'ria; she didn't know she was stealing.

British Dictionary definitions for ria


a long narrow inlet of the seacoast, being a former valley that was submerged by a rise in the level of the sea. Rias are found esp on the coasts of SW Ireland and NW Spain
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish, from rio river


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Word Origin and History for ria

from Spanish ria "estuary, river mouth" (adopted as a geological term first in German, 1886), from Latin ripa "stream bank" (see riparian).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ria in Medicine

RIA abbr.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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