See also: Pier and píer

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Night Scene of Pier 9, Central Piers, Hong Kong
 
A small pier at a campsite in Canada

From Middle English pere (bridge pillar), from Medieval Latin pera, from Old Northern French pire (breakwater), from Vulgar Latin *petricus, from Latin petra, from Ancient Greek πέτρα (pétra, stone).

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pier (plural piers)

  1. A raised platform built from the shore out over water, supported on piles; used to secure, or provide access to shipping; a jetty.
    Your boat is docked at the pier.
  2. A similar structure, especially at a seaside resort, used to provide entertainment.
    There is a gaming arcade on the pier.
    • 2023 March 22, Paul Clifton, “Network News: Island Line to reopen to Ryde Pier in June... possibly”, in RAIL, number 979, page 24:
      Ryde Pier's claim to fame is being the world's oldest seaside pleasure pier, with construction starting in 1813.
  3. A structure supporting the junction between two spans of a bridge.
    • 1961 January, “Talking of Trains: The Severn Bridge disaster”, in Trains Illustrated, page 5:
      The force of the explosion demolished one pair of piers and two spans of the bridge crashed down into the river on top of the barges.
  4. (architecture) A rectangular pillar, or similar structure, that supports an arch, wall or roof, or the hinges of a gate.

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From Middle Dutch pier, probably from the name Pierre.

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pier m (plural pieren, diminutive piertje n)

  1. (zoology) A worm, earthworm (in Flanders)

Etymology 2 edit

Borrowed from English pier.

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pier m (plural pieren, diminutive piertje n)

  1. (architecture) A pier, jetty
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  • Papiamentu: pir
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Unknown; Flanders only

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pier m (plural pieren, diminutive piertje n)

  1. (archaic) A physical trap
  2. (archaic) A figurative trap, ambush
  3. (archaic) A place one is trapped in:
    1. a prison
    2. a rabbit den
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pier

  1. inflection of pieren:
    1. first-person singular present indicative
    2. imperative

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  • M. J. Koenen & J. Endepols, Verklarend Handwoordenboek der Nederlandse Taal (tevens Vreemde-woordentolk), Groningen, Wolters-Noordhoff, 1969 (26th edition) [Dutch dictionary in Dutch]

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pier

  1. first-person singular present passive subjunctive of piō

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pier

  1. Alternative form of pere (peer)

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pier

  1. Alternative form of pere (equal)

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pier

  1. first-person singular present indicative/subjunctive of pieri

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  • biera (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Surmiran, Puter, Vallader)

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pier f (plural piers)

  1. (Sutsilvan) beer, ale

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pier

  1. genitive plural of pero
  2. genitive plural of pera