[ peer-hed ]

  1. the outermost end of a pier or wharf.

  2. (in the Great Lakes area) a breakwater.

Origin of pierhead

First recorded in 1675–85; pier + head

Words Nearby pierhead

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How to use pierhead in a sentence

  • An infernal machine, such as has before been described, was blown up at the pierhead.

  • I say, Mr Frobisher, did you happen to notice a yellow-skinned chap standing on the pierhead as we left the dock?

    A Chinese Command | Harry Collingwood
  • The first bath in that city was established in 1828, and is known as the pierhead.

    History of Sanitation | John Joseph Cosgrove
  • Again, at the pierhead, white handkerchiefs and cheering and a flutter of coloured dresses.

    One Man's Initiation--1917 | John Dos Passos
  • But having cajoled or coerced Jack to the pierhead, he seemed unpersuadable to the final step of getting aboard.

    The Log of a Sea-Waif | Frank T. Bullen