Meaning of RIVER in English

RIVER

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈri-vər ]

noun

Usage: often attributive

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

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