Definition of bayou in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌɪuː/

noun (plural bayous)

(In the southern US) a marshy outlet of a lake or river.
Example sentences
  • Alabama's Gulf Coast extends over 32 miles of beaches along the Gulf of Mexico and inland areas of live oaks and pines, freshwater lakes, rivers, bayous, and coves, all showing an abundance of birds.
  • The bayous and marshland of southern Louisiana host one of the largest agglomerations of industry in North America.
  • Although some Cajuns stayed on the rivers and bayous or in the swamps, many others headed west to the prairies where they settled not in lines but in small, dispersed coves.


Mid 18th century: from Louisiana French, from Choctaw bayuk.

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