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  1. the outermost end of a pier or wharf.
  2. (in the Great Lakes area) a breakwater.
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Origin of pierhead

First recorded in 1675–85; pier + head
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for pierhead

Historical Examples

  • When the steamer left the Pierhead her deck was thronged with passengers.

    Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy


  • 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.

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