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rivulet Syllabification: riv·u·let
Pronunciation: /ˈriv(y)ələt/

Definition of rivulet in English:


A very small stream: 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.


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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