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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Recent Examples on the Web Derek Klein, who opened barefoot-funky bar Gitano here in 2013, wanted to create a space where the creativity that has been pushed off the waterfront due to development could thrive. Ann Abel, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Mexico: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 17 Jan. 2020 SamTrans was recently caught on camera dropping off groups of homeless men and women onto city streets and parks at the end of the line near the waterfront. Fox News, "SamTrans accused of playing 'musical chairs' with homeless, busing them to San Francisco and abandoning them," 17 Jan. 2020 Then, model Arlenis Sosa spent her final day in her homeland, the Dominican Republic, at the waterfront with a sleek high ponytail. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Marquita Pring, Ashley Graham, and More," 12 Jan. 2020 As part of the Long Bridge project, a stand-alone bike and pedestrian bridge would be built upstream from the new rail bridge, allowing people to walk or bike across the Potomac River between the D.C. waterfront and Crystal City in Arlington. Washington Post, "Virginia’s $3.7 billion rail plan called a ‘game changer.’ Here’s what we know about it.," 11 Jan. 2020 The seeds were sown in the mid-2000s, when parts of the mostly industrial waterfront were rezoned to allow for denser building, and developers sought out less expensive land near mass transit. Stefanos Chen, New York Times, "The Decade Dominated by the Ultraluxury Condo," 10 Jan. 2020 Men wearing long white robes and cadmium-yellow kofias wandered the warren of the old medina, and teenagers chatted by the waterfront, the gray sand of the beach obscured by an ankle-deep layer of trash. Tommy Trenchard, Harper's magazine, "Oceans Apart," 6 Jan. 2020 And, while electric vehicles would be allowed in most bike lanes, they'd be kept off the popular loop around the Manhattan waterfront. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New York Governor vetoes bill that would have made electric scooters legal," 27 Dec. 2019 The Dora Queen steamboat moved closer to becoming Tavares’ latest tourist attraction this week when the 80-foot paddlewheel replica was hauled to the Lake Dora waterfront in several pieces on a flatbed truck. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "The Dora Queen steamboat arrives in downtown Tavares," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of waterfront

1766, in the meaning defined above

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5 Feb 2020

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“Waterfront.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterfront. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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