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Pronunciation of River: Learn how to pronounce River in English correctly

Learn how to say River correctly in English with this tutorial pronunciation video.

Oxford dictionary definition of the word river:

a large natural stream of water flowing in a channel to the sea, a lake, or another river:
the River Danube
the Mekong River
[as modifier]:
river pollution
a large quantity of a flowing substance:
great rivers of molten lava
used in names of animals and plants living in or associated with rivers, e.g. river dolphin.

sell someone down the river
informal betray someone, especially so as to benefit oneself:
he said they were management lackeys who had been sold down the river by Bunker
[earlier referring to the sale of a troublesome slave to the owner of a sugar-cane plantation on the lower Mississippi, where conditions were relatively harsher]
up the river
North American informal to or in prison:
we were lucky not to be sent up the river that time boy
[with allusion to Sing Sing prison, situated up the Hudson River from the city of New York]


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, based on Latin riparius, from ripa ‘bank of a river’