One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A coast, a shore; a riverbank. Now rare (chiefly poetic in later use).
2A toll for travelling or mooring on a river. historical.
Middle English; earliest use found in Reinbrun. From Anglo-Norman and Middle French rivage (French rivage) seafront, riverbank, toll for landing goods on a riverbank from rive + -age. Compare post-classical Latin rivagium riverbank, river-toll, landing on a shore. Compare post-classical Latin ripaticus mooring-dues, riverbank, and also Old Occitan ribatge, Spanish † ribage, Italian † ripaggio, rivaggio.
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