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quay

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noun \ˈkē, ˈkā, ˈkwā\

Simple Definition of quay

  • : a structure built on the land next to a river, lake, or ocean that is used as a place for boats to stop for loading and unloading freight and passengers

Full Definition of quay

  1. :  a structure built parallel to the bank of a waterway for use as a landing place

Examples of quay

  1. <docked the ferry at the quay to let the passengers off>



Origin of quay

alteration of earlier key, from Middle English, from Middle French dialect (Picard) kay, probably of Celtic origin; akin to Breton kae hedge, enclosure; akin to Old English hecg hedge


First Known Use: circa 1635

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QUAY Defined for Kids

quay

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noun \ˈkē, ˈkwā\

Definition of quay

  1. :  a structure built along the bank of a waterway (as a river) for use as a landing for loading and unloading boats





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