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waterfront

[waw-ter-fruhnt, wot-er-]
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noun
  1. land on the edge of a body of water.
  2. a part of a city or town on such land; wharf or dock section.
  3. a container placed before a stove to heat water.
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Origin of waterfront

An Americanism dating back to 1760–70; water + front
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  • The waterfront was empty, swept clean of all that I disliked.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • On walks along the waterfront he would treat it all like a graveyard.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Walking now down the waterfront I met only a figure here and there.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • As I went along the waterfront I felt a confused disappointment.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • More barrels, boxes, crates and bags to be piled high up on the waterfront.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole


British Dictionary definitions for waterfront

waterfront

noun
  1. the area of a town or city alongside a body of water, such as a harbour or dockyard
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for waterfront

n.

1856, from water (n.1) + front (n.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with waterfront

waterfront

see cover the field (waterfront).

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