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quay

[kee, key, kwey] /ki, keɪ, kweɪ/
noun
1.
a landing place, especially one of solid masonry, constructed along the edge of a body of water; wharf.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; spelling variant (after French quai) of earlier kay (also key, whence the modern pronunciation) < Old French kay, cay; akin to Spanish cayo shoal. See key2
Related forms
quaylike, adjective
Can be confused
cay, key, quay.
Synonyms
pier, dock, landing, levee.

Quay

[kwey] /kweɪ/
noun
1.
Matthew Stanley, 1833–1904, U.S. politician: senator 1887–99, 1901–4.
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Examples for quay
  • There was no sign of rock stars on the quay on this cold evening.
  • Another irresistible temptation was a mysterious cafe at the end of the quay.
  • We picked up weights and tanks from the hotel dive shop and did a test dive off the quay.
  • Slipped out and pocketed a toy that was running along the quay.
  • And a declining number of fishermen still tend their nets on weekends down by the quay.
  • Locate your departure quay by scanning the electric schedule signs in the station.
  • The village meanders along the road up from the harborside castle and quay.
  • Three teams of trained divers were brought in to install scour protection at the base of the new quay wall.
  • Castle quay is a shopping centre located in the centre of banbury.
British Dictionary definitions for quay

quay

/kiː/
noun
1.
a wharf, typically one built parallel to the shoreline Compare pier (sense 1)
Word Origin
C14 keye, from Old French kai, of Celtic origin; compare Cornish hedge, fence, Old Breton cai fence
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Word Origin and History for quay
n.

1690s, variant of Middle English key, keye, caye "wharf" (c.1300; mid-13c. in place names), from Old North French cai (Old French chai, 12c., Modern French quai) "sand bank," from Gaulish caium (5c.), from Old Celtic *kagio- "to encompass, enclose" (cf. Welsh cae "fence, hedge," Cornish ke "hedge"), from PIE *kagh- "to catch, seize; wickerwork, fence" (see hedge (n.)). Spelling altered in English by influence of French quai.

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