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embarcadero

[em-bahr-kuh-dair-oh] /ɛmˌbɑr kəˈdɛər oʊ/
noun, plural embarcaderos.
1.
a pier, wharf, or landing place.
2.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a waterfront section in San Francisco: piers and seafood restaurants.
Origin of embarcadero
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; < American Spanish, Spanish: pier, docking place, equivalent to embarcad(o) past participle of embarcar to embark, launch + -ero < Latin -ārium -arium
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  • It was the raft which the surveyors from the embarcadero had just abandoned.

  • He nodded half impatiently and made his way along the embarcadero.

    Port O' Gold

    Louis John Stellman
  • The embarcadero, or landing, I think, is six miles from the Pueblo.

  • He glanced backwards almost tenderly in the direction of Los Cuervos, and then turned his head towards the embarcadero.

    On the Frontier Bret Harte
  • As I was saying (when that minister switched me off), I was strolling along the embarcadero.

    Turns about Town Robert Cortes Holliday
  • As he came up the slant of the embarcadero, Chesney had actual difficulty in walking.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • It had broken down just before he reached the embarcadero, and he had been obliged to row ashore.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • I'm goin' to have a town along the embarcadero that'll lay over any town in Contra Costa.

  • From the embarcadero we walked, under the influence of the rays of an almost broiling sun, four miles to the town of Sonoma.

  • We crossed the Sacramento at the embarcadero, swimming our horses, and passing ourselves over in a small canoe.

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