quay

noun
\ ˈkē How to pronounce quay (audio) , ˈkā How to pronounce quay (audio) , ˈkwā How to pronounce quay (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The quay is owned by the Labor party's youth wing, which also owns the island itself. David Nikel, Forbes, "Norway’s Utøya Memorial Finally Takes Shape," 9 Mar. 2021 Tomoaki Saito is carrying crates from his 20-foot shrimp boat to a small, white truck parked on the quay. Gavin Blair, The Christian Science Monitor, "10 years after tsunami: A Japanese town rebuilds its homes and heart," 26 Feb. 2021 The ruse was rumbled when a sailor saw colleagues unloading several sacks of cigarettes onto the quay in Brindisi, and texted a photograph of them to the ship’s captain, Oscar Altiero. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, "The Ship That Stopped 7,000 Migrants, and Smuggled 700,000 Cigarettes," 28 Sep. 2020 Poole council said the statue of Baden-Powell, a British Boer War hero, would be moved from its location on the quay of the seaside town to storage on Thursday while there were discussions with local communities about its future. NBC News, "Statue of Scouts founder Baden-Powell to be taken down in Britain," 11 June 2020 Listen to live Irish music, replete with the traditional sounds of fiddles and spoons; draft a series of profiles on local shopkeepers; or photograph everyday life on the streets of Galway and the quays along the River Corrib. National Geographic, "Ireland Expedition: Discovering the Emerald Isle," 30 Sep. 2019 Listen to live Irish music, replete with the traditional sounds of fiddles and spoons; draft a series of profiles on local shopkeepers; or photograph everyday life on the streets of Galway and the quays along the River Corrib. National Geographic, "Ireland Expedition: Discovering the Emerald Isle," 30 Sep. 2019 The garbage trucks rumble along the quays picking up the refuse from the revelry the night before. Elaine Sciolino, New York Times, "Knowing Paris by Its Bridges," 4 Nov. 2019 Listen to live Irish music, replete with the traditional sounds of fiddles and spoons; draft a series of profiles on local shopkeepers; or photograph everyday life on the streets of Galway and the quays along the River Corrib. National Geographic, "Ireland Expedition: Discovering the Emerald Isle," 30 Sep. 2019

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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 Celtic origin; akin to Breton kae hedge, enclosure; akin to Old English hecg hedge

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16 Mar 2021

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“Quay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quay. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce quay (audio) , 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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