Trib"u*ta*ry (?), a. [OE. tributaire, F. tributaire, L. tributarius. See Tribute.]


Paying tribute to another, either from compulsion, as an acknowledgment of submission, or to secure protection, or for the purpose of purchasing peace.

[Julius] unto Rome made them tributary. Chaucer.


Hence, subject; subordinate; inferior.

He to grace his tributary gods. Milton.


Paid in tribute.

"Tributary tears."



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.


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Trib"u*ta*ry (?), n.; pl. Tributaries ().


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.


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