wa·​ter·​front | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌfrənt How to pronounce waterfront (audio) , ˈwä-\

Definition of waterfront

: land, land with buildings, or a section of a town fronting or abutting on a body of water

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Waiters in jackets and ties tend the counter in what used to be a revolving restaurant on the waterfront, even if there are hardly any customers. NBC News, "Venezuela's dead are not spared as theft increases in cemeteries," 18 June 2019 Anyone working in this building, literally located on the waterfront and on an old wharf site, will be treated to some sweet views of the harbor. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore's Harbor Point becomes a Cinderella story for an industrial site people once avoided," 15 June 2019 Advertising The yellow signs, which carry the image of a gold rush-era prospector, tie into Juneau’s history and have become a staple along Egan Drive on the downtown waterfront. Alex Mccarthy, The Seattle Times, "Iconic Prospector signs come down in Juneau," 18 May 2019 Like Nikki Beach, many other businesses—including Eden Rock, the five-star hotel that was virtually decimated due to its waterfront location—found ways to see the positive in an otherwise horrific situation. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How St. Bart's Survived the Devastating Hurricanes of 2017," 10 July 2018 BART General Manager Grace Crunican has all but slammed the door on the idea of building a station near Oakland’s Howard Terminal — the waterfront location that Mayor Libby Schaaf has been promoting for a new A’s ballpark. Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "BART tells A’s to forget about a new station at a waterfront ballpark," 19 Feb. 2018 For the second time in a year, a new eatery will move into the waterfront location long occupied by Bella Vita at the Marina, 11699 Fall Creek Road, Wolfie’s Grill is expected to open in April after extensive renovation. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Another new restaurant planned for former Bella Vita at Geist," 15 Feb. 2018 Both are waterfront communities away from overcrowded business districts, giving Amazon space to grow. Joseph Pisani, The Seattle Times, "Amazon goes bicoastal, will open HQs in New York, DC suburb," 14 Nov. 2018 Coastal towns from Charleston to Boston hosted pirate ships and waterfront buccaneer communities. Rinker Buck, WSJ, "‘Black Flags, Blue Waters’ Review: To Live and Die a Pirate King," 26 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of waterfront

1766, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of waterfront

: the land or the part of a town next to the water of an ocean, lake, etc.


wa·​ter·​front | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌfrənt How to pronounce waterfront (audio) , ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of waterfront

: land that borders on a body of water

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