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[riv-ee-air, ri-vyair; French ree-vyer] /ˌrɪv iˈɛər, rɪˈvyɛər; French riˈvyɛr/
noun, plural rivières
[riv-ee-airz, ri-vyairz; French ree-vyer] /ˌrɪv iˈɛərz, rɪˈvyɛərz; French riˈvyɛr/ (Show IPA)
a necklace of diamonds or other gems, especially in more than one string.
Origin of rivière
1875-80; < French: literally, river1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She looked so grand, with her lowering black brows, that even riviere felt a little uneasy.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • riviere smiled sadly, but consented to deign to eat a morsel in the porch.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • He was busy writing, when young riviere first presented himself.

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  • Here riviere interrupted him, and asked if it was really true about the beans.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • Bedford was more reliable than riviere, who could bind well, if he liked; but he sometimes left too much to subordinates.

    The Confessions of a Collector William Carew Hazlitt
  • Rose raised the coat which riviere, in spite of Dard, had flung over his foot.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • She had heard of De la riviere's visit to Valmond, and she intended sending for him, but delayed it.

  • Villona and riviere were the noisiest, but all the men were excited.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • riviere could do good work when he took pains; but he was unequal and uncertain.

    The Book-Collector William Carew Hazlitt
  • I called two or three times, and riviere at last exclaimed: Damn the thing; what do you want for it?

    The Confessions of a Collector William Carew Hazlitt
British Dictionary definitions for riviere


a necklace the diamonds or other precious stones of which gradually increase in size up to a large centre stone
Word Origin
C19: from French: brook, river
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