See also: Pier and píer

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

 
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 pira (breakwater), from Vulgar Latin *petricus, from Latin petra.

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NounEdit

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.
  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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DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch pier, probably from the name Pierre.

NounEdit

pier m (plural pieren, diminutive piertje n)

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

Etymology 2Edit

Borrowed from English pier.

NounEdit

pier m (plural pieren, diminutive piertje n)

  1. (architecture) A pier, jetty
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DescendantsEdit
  • Papiamentu: pir
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Etymology 3Edit

Unknown; Flanders only

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NounEdit

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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VerbEdit

pier

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

ReferencesEdit

  • 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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LatinEdit

VerbEdit

pier

  1. first-person singular present passive subjunctive of piō

Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

pier

  1. Alternative form of pere (peer)

AdjectiveEdit

pier

  1. Alternative form of pere (equal)

RomanianEdit

VerbEdit

pier

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

RomanschEdit

Alternative formsEdit

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

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pier f (plural piers)

  1. (Sutsilvan) beer, ale

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SlovakEdit

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pier

  1. genitive plural of pero