Pier Definition

pîr
piers
noun
piers
A structure built out over the water and supported by pillars or piles: used as a landing place, pleasure pavilion, etc.
Webster's New World
Such a structure used predominantly for entertainment.
American Heritage
A heavy structure supporting the spans of a bridge, esp. (as distinguished from an abutment), one supporting the adjacent ends of two center spans of a long bridge.
Webster's New World
A heavy column, usually square, used to support weight, as at the end of an arch.
Webster's New World
Any of various vertical supporting structures, especially:
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Pier

Noun

Singular:
pier
Plural:
piers

Origin of Pier

  • Middle English per bridge support partly from Norman French pere, piere (from Old French puiere a support) (from puie) (from puier to support) (from Vulgar Latin podiāre) (from Latin podium platform podium) and partly from Medieval Latin pera (from Old North French pire, piere breakwater) (possibly from Latin petra rock) (from Greek petrā per-2 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin pera, from Old Norman pira (“breakwater"), from Vulgar Latin *petricus, from Latin petra.

    From Wiktionary

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