Definition of rivulet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɪvjʊlɪt/


1A small stream of water or another liquid: sweat ran in rivulets down his back
More example sentences
  • A small rivulet of water had come off from the main stream, and had formed a clear puddle about two feet across.
  • Several rivulets of the water spread toward the perimeter of the room.
  • The sun falling upon my back has turned the dampness beneath my hair to wet, a tiny rivulet of sweat trickling down my spine.
1.1 literary A very small river or stream.
Example sentences
  • Tracing the rivulet a hundred paces from the highway, she found the spring that fed it.
  • Arthur was the first one to greet the rivulet; nearly falling off the ten-foot cliff edge that dangled it's face over the waters of the creek.
  • It took her to a small rivulet that branched off from the main rush of the creek.
2A brownish European moth with white markings, occurring in rough grassland.
  • Perizoma affinitatum, family Geometridae


Late 16th century: alteration of obsolete riveret (from French, literally 'small river'), perhaps suggested by Italian rivoletto, diminutive of rivolo, based on Latin rivus 'stream'.

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