: a low island or reef of sand or coral

Examples of cay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two of the islands (called cays) are popular retirement destinations: Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. Pat Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 19 May 2024 Boaters and sailors can island hop among the myriad cays, stopping to swim, dive, and snorkel, or to enjoy refreshments at a colorful beach bar. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2024 Visitors here can also take a catamaran to Cayo Blanco, a small cay off the coast. Brittany Anas, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 Located just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, Bimini is a collection of cays and islands in the Bahamas that offer a mix of adventure and rest. Kristin Braswell, Travel + Leisure, 24 Jan. 2024 The swimming pigs of the Exumas are a visitor favorite, and travelers can find secluded beaches and uninhabited cays during boating excursions. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 6 Dec. 2023 With a captain and boat on call for every villa, guests often choose to explore or picnic at secluded beaches on neighboring islands and cays like Cayos Zapatillas, part of the Bastimentos National Marine Park. John Bowe, Travel + Leisure, 18 Oct. 2023 Rain tends to be heaviest in southern Belize and the country’s jungle areas, and the lightest in northern Belize and on the many Belizean cays or islands. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 25 Sep. 2023 The archipelago of eight major islands and dozens of small, uninhabited cays comes surrounded by some of the clearest and bluest waters on earth, which lap against the soft-sand shores. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 29 Aug. 2023

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Spanish cayo — more at key

First Known Use

1707, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cay was in 1707

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“Cay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cay. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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