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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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Old men fished along its quays despite the rattle of German machine guns. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 2019 As the city expanded and industrialized, its churches and monuments became blackened with soot and grime; its quays, cluttered with warehouses and frequented by prostitutes. Molly Wizenberg, Town & Country, "Vintage Bordeaux," 14 Jan. 2013 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

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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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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


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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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