\ ˈhwȯrf How to pronounce wharf (audio) , ˈwȯrf\
plural wharves\ ˈhwȯrvz How to pronounce wharves (audio) , ˈwȯrvz \ also wharfs

Definition of wharf

1 : a structure built along or at an angle from the shore of navigable waters so that ships may lie alongside to receive and discharge cargo and passengers
2 obsolete : the bank of a river or the shore of the sea

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Another vivid landscape can be seen by walking down Captain's Row, with its cobblestone street and vibrantly painted Federal houses built by 18th century sea captains who docked their ships along Alexandria's wharves. Patti Nickell, Dallas News, "History comes to life in vibrant Alexandria, Va.," 30 July 2019 Another vivid landscape can be seen by walking down Captain’s Row with its cobblestone street and vibrantly painted Federal houses built by 18th century sea captains who docked their ships along Alexandria’s wharves. Patti Nickell, chicagotribune.com, "Near the nation’s capital, Alexandria offers history come to vibrant life," 1 July 2019 Stag Bar, recognizable by its black exterior walls, is a centerpiece of the wharf area by the Newport Pier and has operated since 1914. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Newport’s Stag Bar gets OK to boost customer capacity by 25%," 21 June 2019 Stay in the city's old wharf district, the Bryggen; and visit the fish market—a gathering spot for merchants since the 13th century. National Geographic, "Norway High School Expedition," 17 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 Motif’s wharf is connected to Bearskin Neck, a quaint stretch of shops, restaurants and some private homes that has taken its share of beatings from storms over the centuries. James R. Carroll, USA TODAY, "Cape Ann, Massachusetts: A charming alternative to Cape Cod with sandy beaches and fried clams," 3 June 2019 That the eagle watchers on the wharf looked comfortable in less bulky attire didn’t surprise her. Elizabeth Poliner, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Sabelle," 20 July 2019 American troops built a 9,000-foot runway and wharves on the island, and later used the base to try Japanese war criminals. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, "U.S., China Clash Over Trade, Security at Pacific Summit," 17 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of wharf

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wharf

Middle English, from Old English hwearf embankment, wharf; akin to Old English hweorfan to turn, Old High German hwerban, Greek karpos wrist

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English Language Learners Definition of wharf

: a flat structure that is built along the shore of a river, ocean, etc., so that ships can load and unload cargo or passengers


\ ˈhwȯrf How to pronounce wharf (audio) , ˈwȯrf\
plural wharves\ ˈhwȯrvz , ˈwȯrvz \ also wharfs

Kids Definition of wharf

: a structure built on the shore for loading and unloading ships

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