- the outermost end of a pier or wharf.
- (in the Great Lakes area) a breakwater.
Origin of pierhead
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Examples from the Web for pierhead
When the steamer left the Pierhead her deck was thronged with passengers.
The first bath in that city was established in 1828, and is known as the Pierhead.History of Sanitation
John Joseph Cosgrove
From a flagstaff at the pierhead, the red ensign of England was displayed.The Ebb-Tide
Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyde Osbourne
Hurricane Point shut out the view of the sea in the north-west, even from the pierhead, and the ship was not to be seen.My Danish Sweetheart., Volume 1 of 3
William Clark Russell
An infernal machine, such as has before been described, was blown up at the pierhead.How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves