Definition of pier noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    pier

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//pɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɪr//
     
    Rivers and lakes, Coastlines and the sea
     
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  1. 1a long structure built in the sea and joined to the land at one end, often with places of entertainment on it After lunch, the family went for a walk along the pier. Blackpool pier the fishermen on the pier Wordfinderbeach, coast, harbour, pier, sandbank, sea, shoreline, surf, tide, wave Culture Piers were originally built so that people could walk along them to get onto boats at the end, or load or unload goods, but in the 19th century many British seaside towns built large piers for pleasure, often with theatres, restaurants and entertainments on them and some of them are still popular tourist attractions. See related entries: Rivers and lakes, Coastlines and the sea
  2. 2a long low structure built in a lake, river or the sea and joined to the land at one end, used by boats to allow passengers to get on and off synonym landing stage The river bus leaves from Pier 4. See related entries: Rivers and lakes, Coastlines and the sea
  3. 3(specialist) a large strong piece of wood, metal or stone that is used to support a roof, wall, bridge, etc.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from medieval Latin pera, of unknown origin.
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