quai

noun

: quay

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 On a recent breezy day, Jérôme Callais wrapped a secondhand biography of Robespierre tightly in cellophane, covering the burgundy leather hardcover with an expert flick of the wrist and positioning it near a weighty tome on Talleyrand inside his dark green bookstand on a quai above the Seine. Liz Alderman, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2020 The quai there was badly lit, the curb stacked with boards left over from a construction project. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, 6 Apr. 2020 Farther up the quai was a former monastery courtyard, overgrown but graceful. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, 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, 18 Aug. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French kay — more at quay

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quai was in 1862

Dictionary Entries Near quai

Cite this Entry

“Quai.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quai. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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