cay

noun
\ ˈkē How to pronounce cay (audio) , ˈkā How to pronounce cay (audio) \

Definition of cay

: a low island or reef of sand or coral

Examples of cay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sandy Island is a small cay off Sandy Ground beach in Anguilla. Sandra Macgregor, Forbes, "Discover Why Anguilla’s Idyllic Off-Shore Islands Offer A Breathtaking Beach Escape," 9 Apr. 2021 Snorkel on your own around a small cay, or book a trip with one of the island's operators to check out its secret underwater spots. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Beaches in the U.S.," 19 Feb. 2020 The Abaco Islands are a group of islands and barrier cays in the northern Bahamas, east of southern Florida. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Hurricane Dorian has left catastrophic damage behind. It will begin heading for the US tonight," 2 Sep. 2019 According to the tourism board, slightly more than half of all visitors to the British overseas territory’s 60 islands and cays stay on yachts. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Who Needs a Caribbean Yacht When You Can Take the Ferry?," 10 Feb. 2020 Parts of Great and Little Abaco, the two main islands, plus the smaller cays, still lack electricity and running water. Andrea Sachs, Houston Chronicle, "In the Bahamas, a hard-hit island beckons again," 15 Nov. 2019 The road from Freeport to the cays to reach survivors was impassible. Dan Sweeney, sun-sentinel.com, "As a Bahamas school prepares to reopen, a teacher is still on search and rescue," 10 Sep. 2019 Parts of Great and Little Abaco, the two main islands, plus the smaller cays, still lack electricity and running water. Andrea Sachs, Houston Chronicle, "In the Bahamas, a hard-hit island beckons again," 15 Nov. 2019 Parts of Great and Little Abaco, the two main islands, plus the smaller cays, still lack electricity and running water. Andrea Sachs, Houston Chronicle, "In the Bahamas, a hard-hit island beckons again," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of cay

1707, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cay

Spanish cayo — more at key

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17 Apr 2021

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“Cay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cay. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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cay

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cay

: a low island made of sand or coral

cay

noun
\ ˈkē How to pronounce cay (audio) , ˈkā \

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