Nearby words

  1. pien,
  2. pienaar,
  3. piend,
  4. pieplant,
  5. piepowder,
  6. pier glass,
  7. pier table,
  8. pierce,
  9. pierce's disease,
  10. pierce, franklin

Origin of pier

before 1150; Middle English pere, earlier (perhaps late Old English) per < Anglo-Latin pera, pēra pier of a bridge

Related formsun·der·pier, noun

Can be confuseddock harbor pier wharf

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British Dictionary definitions for piers



a structure with a deck that is built out over water, and used as a landing place, promenade, etc
a pillar that bears heavy loads, esp one of rectangular cross section
the part of a wall between two adjacent openings
another name for buttress (def. 1)

Word Origin for pier

C12 per, from Anglo-Latin pera pier supporting a bridge

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