quay

noun
\ˈkē, ˈkā, ˈkwā \

Definition of quay 

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

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Examples of quay in a Sentence

docked the ferry at the quay to let the passengers off

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DP World brought in modern cargo equipment to the port at Berbera and plans to start extending the quay this month. Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "Middle East Power Struggle Plays Out on New Stage," 1 June 2018 The maps also show a turning basin with two quays, evidencing that the Gormley Canal was not primarily designed for drainage, since docks would have blocked the flow of runoff. Richard Campanella, NOLA.com, "A canal in Central City? Little-known waterway once connected city to swamp," 6 Mar. 2018 Order a jar of olives and stay a while, or continue a wine pilgrimage to the under-a-bridge locale of Rosforth & Rosforth, an influential wine importer that hosts weekly tastings and summertime pop-ups on the quay. New York Times, "36 Hours in Copenhagen," 26 Apr. 2018 There was Bruce, standing on the quay in glo-yellow Crocs, next to Lee Marie: 57 feet long, not quite 7 feet wide, its boxy superstructure as shiny-black as a mobster’s coffin. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Low-Cost Way to Live Abroad: Buy a Boat," 30 Mar. 2018 Water lapped the underside of historic bridges and engulfed cobblestone quays, where tree tops and lampposts now poke out of the brown, swirling Seine. Oleg Cetinic, The Seattle Times, "French towns swim in floodwaters that are rising in Paris," 28 Jan. 2018 The first is Thonis-Heracleion, which in the eighth century B.C. was a huge port complex, incorporating an array of canals, quays and sandbars. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds’ Review: Treasures Beneath the Waves," 27 Mar. 2018 Leisure boats are moored along the quay of the Yonne River, which is lined with three-star hotels and open-air brasseries. Hugh Garvey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Eating and Drinking Through Burgundy with Chef Ludo Lefebvre," 23 Mar. 2018 When a sea breeze carries the scent of this huddled mass ashore, the Red Cross workers on the quay recoil. Alex Perry, Newsweek, "Migrants and the New Mediterranean Mafia," 10 June 2015

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First Known Use of quay

1561, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quay

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

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quay

noun

English Language Learners 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

quay

noun
\ˈkē, ˈkwā\

Kids Definition of quay

: 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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