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[waw-ter-fruhnt, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌfrʌnt, ˈwɒt ər-/
land on the edge of a body of water.
a part of a city or town on such land; wharf or dock section.
a container placed before a stove to heat water.
Origin of waterfront
An Americanism dating back to 1760-70; water + front Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The waterfront was empty, swept clean of all that I disliked.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • On walks along the waterfront he would treat it all like a graveyard.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Walking now down the waterfront I met only a figure here and there.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • More barrels, boxes, crates and bags to be piled high up on the waterfront.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • As I went along the waterfront I felt a confused disappointment.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
British Dictionary definitions for waterfront


the area of a town or city alongside a body of water, such as a harbour or dockyard
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for waterfront

1856, from water (n.1) + front (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cover the waterfront

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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