[waw-ter-fruhnt, wot-er-]


land on the edge of a body of water.
a part of a city or town on such land; wharf or dock section.
a container placed before a stove to heat water.

Nearby words

  1. waterflood,
  2. waterford,
  3. waterford glass,
  4. waterfowl,
  5. waterfowler,
  6. watergate,
  7. waterglass painting,
  8. waterhead,
  9. waterhouse,
  10. waterhouse-friderichsen syndrome

Origin of waterfront

An Americanism dating back to 1760–70; water + front

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British Dictionary definitions for waterfront



the area of a town or city alongside a body of water, such as a harbour or dockyard
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Word Origin and History for waterfront



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

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Idioms and Phrases with waterfront


see cover the field (waterfront).

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