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

Examples of waterfront in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His district includes a large swath of the flatlands in East Oakland, an area bounded by Interstate 580 in the hills and Interstate 880 near the industrial waterfront. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland's interim chief retires after 10 tumultuous months on the job," 5 Feb. 2021 Baltimore, in its lawsuit, cites the possibility of losing some of its waterfront, including its popular Inner Harbor, and with it jobs and city tax revenues. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Fight to make Big Oil pay for climate change heads to Supreme Court," 19 Jan. 2021 The former Green Party politician ultimately wants to see the oil giant decommission its massive refinery on the city’s waterfront. Sammy Roth Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Boiling Point: Western voters weighed in on climate change, up and down the ballot," 12 Nov. 2020 But she got hooked on the low-impact workout and waterfront views. Hilary Potkewitz, WSJ, "Cold Sweat: Gyms Test Winter Workouts During the Pandemic," 4 Jan. 2021 The search continued Friday for two people missing after a massive landslide crashed into a town in southeast Alaska, leaving a neighborhood mired in mud and felled trees stretching to the waterfront, the mayor said. Mark Thiessen, Star Tribune, "Search continues for 2 missing after Alaska landslide," 4 Dec. 2020 But directors occasionally capitalize on local scenery, and the Sunset Park address, amid the ruins of a former shipping district that has stunning waterfront views, is hard to beat, said Doug Steiner, the studio’s chairman. New York Times, "Lights, Camera, Construction!," 4 Dec. 2020 The Domino Sugar sign shimmers in pink from across Baltimore’s Harbor East, lending a sense of romance to the restaurant’s waterfront views. Washington Post, "Cindy Lou’s Fish House flows with the tides of Southern cooking," 4 Dec. 2020 Swan Harbor Farm south of the city give residents of the Havre de Grace area another one of many points of public access to the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay waterfront, according to Ianniello. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Houses, senior living community among projects planned for land near historic Mt. Felix manor, Sion Hill mansion in Havre de Grace," 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of waterfront

1766, in the meaning defined above

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17 Feb 2021

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“Waterfront.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterfront. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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- \

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: land that borders on a body of water

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