noun, plural trib·u·tar·ies.
Origin of tributary
Examples from the Web for tributary
But I had to find my way into another passion, and with the art, it was a river flowing into a tributary.
The river Glen falls into the Till, which is a tributary of the Tweed.Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales|Geoffrey Chaucer
This caused much perturbation and confusion, so that his tributary kings, of whom there were twenty, revolted daily against him.
The brain with its tributary spinal cord and spinal-nervous system represents the Sensori-motor organism.Feminism and Sex-Extinction|Arabella Kenealy
This is less than the sum paid, previous to the introduction of steamboats on the Mississippi and its tributary streams.
All is tributary to the glory of the golden brown on the lighted portion of the face.Rembrandt|Mortimer Menpes
British Dictionary definitions for tributary
noun plural -taries
Word Origin and History for tributary
late 14c., "paying tribute," from Latin tributarius "liable to tax or tribute," from tributum (see tribute). The noun sense of "one who pays tribute" is recorded from early 15c. Meaning "stream that flows into a larger body" is from 1822, from the adjective, which is recorded from 1610s in this sense.