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[waw-ter-fruhnt, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌfrʌnt, ˈwɒt ər-/
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.
Origin of waterfront
1760-70, Americanism; water + front Unabridged
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Examples from the web for waterfront
  • With newly critical eyes they examined the waterfront houses of strangers.
  • But the waterfront is pleasant in a utilitarian way.
  • He strolled the waterfront with the beer thudding inside his head, a lonely feeling pulling at his heart.
  • Gray ranks of portable toilets are set up near the waterfront, obscuring the view of the ocean.
  • But a motel cliff-hangs its highway the way waterfront property has lake.
  • Along the waterfront, tables filled with freshly caught fish and shellfish flanked the entrances of small restaurants.
  • He could slop around, gossip with the locals, enjoy the waterfront-and observe.
  • The athletes' village was build on derelict land near the waterfront, opening the city to the sea.
  • Once lined with factories the city's waterfront has been given over to parks.
  • New funds begin daily, some in spare rooms in someone's home, others in waterfront offices with parking for yachts.
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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for waterfront
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with waterfront
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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