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 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 So after dipping into Sint-Baafskathedraal to see the famous 15th-century polyptych Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, bump across the cobblestones and turn down onto Graslei quay. National Geographic, "Three by land: Life-changing tales from female travelers," 14 Nov. 2019 The sun was lower but far from setting when the Lord of the Isles eased slowly into the quay in Lochboisdale, the main ferry port on South Uist. Washington Post, "Exploring the rich grasslands, meadows and wildflowers of Scotland’s Western Isles," 18 Oct. 2019 The sun was lower but far from setting when the Lord of the Isles eased slowly into the quay in Lochboisdale, the main ferry port on South Uist. Adrian Higgins, chicagotribune.com, "Exploring the wild beauty of Scotland’s Western Isles," 18 Oct. 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 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 High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 In any case, nothing was doing along the quay today. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 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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“Quay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quay. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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quay

noun
How to pronounce quay (audio) How to pronounce quay (audio) How to pronounce quay (audio)

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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