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ria

[ree-uh]
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noun
  1. a long, narrow inlet of a river that gradually decreases in depth from mouth to head.
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Origin of ria

First recorded in 1895–1900, ria is from the Spanish word ría river
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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

  • But I wasn't a pup, so I headed straight for Ria's flat to face the music.

    Each Man Kills

    Victoria Glad

  • 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

  • "Come and see," said 'Ria, giving me one hand, while she stroked Silvertoes with the other.


British Dictionary definitions for ria

ria

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin

C19: from Spanish, from rio river

RIA

abbreviation for
  1. Royal Irish Academy
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Word Origin and History for ria

n.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ria in Medicine

RIA

abbr.
  1. radioimmunoassay
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