Definition of quay
: a structure built parallel to the bank of a waterway for use as a landing place
Examples of quay in a Sentence
docked the ferry at the quay to let the passengers off
Recent Examples of quay from the Web
And researchers in wet suits probing the harbor floor are mapping the old quays and the fabled royal quarter, including, just possibly, the palace of that most beguiling of all Alexandrians, Cleopatra.
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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
First Known Use: 1561See Words from the same year
QUAY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of quay for Students
: 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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