[temz for 1, 2; theymz, teymz, temz for 3]


a river in S England, flowing E through London to the North Sea. 209 miles (336 km) long.
a river in SE Canada, in Ontario province, flowing SW to Lake St. Clair. 160 miles (260 km) long.
an estuary in SE Connecticut, flowing S past New London to Long Island Sound. 15 miles (24 km) long. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of thames

  • Hero is a "wench o' the Bankside," and Leander swims across the Thames to her.

  • No well-regulated Thames inn can exist a week without a bride and groom.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • The train began to move slowly across the Thames to Charing Cross.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Is the Thames a-fire, and cooking its own fish, Mr Sweedlepipes?

  • If you were to ask twenty intelligent people, "What is the Thames?"

    The Lyric

    John Drinkwater

British Dictionary definitions for thames



(tɛmz) a river in S England, rising in the Cotswolds in several headstreams and flowing generally east through London to the North Sea by a large estuary. Length: 346 km (215 miles)Ancient name: Tamesis (ˈtæməsɪs)
(teɪmz, θeɪmz) a river in SE Canada, in Ontario, flowing south to London, then southwest to Lake St Clair. Length: 217 km (135 miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for thames


Old English Temese, from Latin Tamesis (51 B.C.E.), from British Tamesa, an ancient Celtic river name perhaps meaning "the dark one." The -h- is unhistorical (see th).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper