Origin of pier
Examples from the Web for pier
Standing on the pier was a crowd of tearful fans, dressed in their best flapper frocks.Tallulah Bankhead: Gay, Drunk and Liberated in an Era of Excess Art|Judith Mackrell|January 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The river smelled faintly briny as waves brushed up against the pier.
But to do that, you would probably not put a roller coaster on the end of a pier.Leave Seaside’s Roller Coaster in the Ocean as a Symbol of Sandy’s Craziness|Malcolm Jones|December 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Nearby, at the Beard Street Warehouses, Pier Glass was nearly washed away.Red Hook Still Crying Out for Relief in Sandy’s Wake|Allison Yarrow|November 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Many lawyers think that Pier Luigi Foschi, the CEO of Costa Cruiseline, should also be investigated.Costa Concordia Inquiry Begins: Transcripts and Reports From the Scene|Barbie Latza Nadeau|March 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He went shrimping off the end of the pier for the delectation of the mincing crowd of promenaders twice more.The Master of the Ceremonies|George Manville Fenn
We went from our table to the pier to see her descend from the steamer.Children of the Market Place|Edgar Lee Masters
The pier was decorated for her reception, flags waved and bands played.Arundel|Edward Frederic Benson
I followed them down to the pier, and stood there watching the steamer preparing to start.Saved at Sea|Mrs. O.F. Walton
Again, a ball is in contact with the pier of its proper bridge so that it cannot run it by a blow.Croquet|Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for pier
Word Origin for pier
Word Origin and History for pier
mid-12c., "support of a span of a bridge," from Medieval Latin pera, of unknown origin, perhaps from Old North French pire "a breakwater," from Vulgar Latin *petricus, from Latin petra "rock" (see petrous), but OED is against this. Meaning "solid structure in a harbor, used as a landing place for vessels," is attested from mid-15c.