[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.

1760–70, Americanism; water + front

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waterfront (ˈwɔːtəˌfrʌnt)
the area of a town or city alongside a body of water, such as a harbour or dockyard

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see cover the field (waterfront).

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Example sentences
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.
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