Meaning of RIVER in English


Pronunciation: ' ri-v ə r

Function: noun

Usage: often attrib

Etymology: Middle English rivere, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *riparia, from Latin, feminine of riparius riparian, from ripa bank, shore; perhaps akin to Greek ereipein to tear down

Date: 14th century

1 a : a natural stream of water of usually considerable volume b : WATERCOURSE

2 a : something resembling a river <a river of lava> b plural : large or overwhelming quantities <drank river s of coffee>

– up the river : to or in prison <was sent up the river >

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.