[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for ria (1 of 2)

/ (ˈriːə) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for ria (2 of 2)


abbreviation for

Royal Irish Academy
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