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Examples of quai in a Sentence

the tour boat pulled up to the quai on the left bank of the Seine
Recent Examples on the Web The quai there was badly lit, the curb stacked with boards left over from a construction project. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "Baking Bread in Lyon," 6 Apr. 2020 Farther up the quai was a former monastery courtyard, overgrown but graceful. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "Baking Bread in Lyon," 6 Apr. 2020 Despite her resolve to give up, however, a blue-eyed, homeless Frenchman rescues her onto the quai and initiates her inward awakening. Kate Betts, New York Times, "Food, Folklore and Fulfillment Against a French Backdrop," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of quai

1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quai

French, from Middle French cai — more at quay

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27 May 2020

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“Quai.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quai. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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