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
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Contemporary Examples of ria

  • RT was founded by the Russian state owned news agency RIA Novosti, which has been around since the days of the Soviet Union.

  • "A compromise is still possible," the Russian official told RIA Novosti.

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    Cold War II?

    Martin Sieff

    November 17, 2008

Historical Examples of ria

  • I had thought she was a mort,” said I; “but the ria of a Romany chal is always sacred to me.

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    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.

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    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



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 for ria

C19: from Spanish, from rio river


abbreviation for

Royal Irish Academy
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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).

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Medicine definitions for ria



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