Is rivulet grammatically considered as a diminutive of river?

The word rivulet is not listed in Wikipedia’s list of diminutives.
Is it considered as a diminutive of river in formal grammar?


Etymologically, it is a double-diminutive. From EtymOnline:

1580s, from Italian rivoletto, diminutive of rivolo, itself a diminutive of rivo “brook,” from Latin rivus “stream, brook,” (…)

It wasn’t formed into a diminutive in English, but neither was omelette, which you will find is on the list you linked.

However, in direct answer to your question, I would say no. Grammar deals with the composition of clauses, phrases, and words. It does not deal with the actual meaning of words, which I believe would be in the semantics department.

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