Definition of tributary:
- A ruler or state that pays tribute, or a stated sum, to a conquering power, for the purpose of securing peace and protection, or as an acknowledgment of submission, or for the purchase of security.
- A stream or river flowing into a larger river or into a lake; an affluent.
- Hence, subject; subordinate; inferior.
- Paid in tribute.
- Paying tribute to another, either from compulsion, as an acknowledgment of submission, or to secure protection, or for the purpose of purchasing peace.
- Yielding supplies of any kind; serving to form or make up, a greater object of the same kind, as a part, branch, etc.; contributing; as, the Ohio has many tributary streams, and is itself tributary to the Mississippi.
On leaving the lagoon, we crossed the creek, riding on a north- east course over stony plains, and at five miles struck another creek in which we found a good supply of water, coming direct from the hills, and continuing to the S. S. E., became tributary to the one we had just left.- "Expedition into Central Australia", Charles Sturt.
- "A Manual of the Antiquity of Man", J. P. MacLean.
- "The Mariner of St. Malo: A Chronicle of the Voyages of Jacques Cartier", Stephen Leacock.