quay

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noun \ˈkē, ˈkā, ˈkwā\

Definition of quay

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

Examples of quay in a Sentence

  1. docked the ferry at the quay to let the passengers off

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Origin and Etymology of 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 Defined for English Language Learners

quay

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Definition of quay for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

quay

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noun \ˈkē, ˈkwā\

Definition of quay for Students

  1. :  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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