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1870, "public path beside a waterway," from French quai (12c., see quay). Often short for Quai d'Orsay, the street on the south bank of the Seine in Paris, since mid-19c. site of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and hence sometimes used metonymically for it (1922).

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  • For the present, I am staying with my friend on the quai de Cronstadt.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • “Save yourselves; you are marked,” whispered a voice, as we came to the quai.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • In the midst of it all I walked unchallenged to the quai Necker.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • What has my existence been since that day on the quai by the Vierwaldstattersee?

    A Woman's Will Anne Warner
  • The troops can consequently embark at quai in about four hours.

    Operations Upon the Sea Franz Edelsheim
  • Put yourselves for a moment in our place on the quai d'Orsay.

    Problems of Expansion Whitelaw Reid
  • Thanks to him, they know the truth to-day on the quai des Orfvres.

  • When she had gone into her room Oldmeadow went out and walked along the quai.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • quai des Gesvres was built by the Marquis de Gesvres in 1641.

    Historic Paris Jetta S. Wolff
  • quai de Conti records the name of the brother of the Grand Cond.

    Historic Paris Jetta S. Wolff

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