- a landing place, especially one of solid masonry, constructed along the edge of a body of water; wharf.
Origin of quay
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- Matthew Stanley,1833–1904, U.S. politician: senator 1887–99, 1901–4.
Examples from the Web for quay
On my last day but one I crossed to the Giudecca and ran into him on the quay.My Biennale Favorites
June 8, 2009
He's pledged to find you on the quay, and he will—unless some one makes him drunk.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
And then, as they followed the quay of the Gave, they all at once came upon the Grotto.
Although the quay was not yet finished, the work seemed to be quite abandoned.
He bought one at a shop near the quay, and was back to the steps in ten minutes.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
He was so interested in the crowd on the quay that he did not hear his father speaking to him.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
- a wharf, typically one built parallel to the shorelineCompare pier (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for quay
1690s, variant of Middle English key, keye, caye "wharf" (c.1300; mid-13c. in place names), from Old North French cai (Old French chai, 12c., Modern French quai) "sand bank," from Gaulish caium (5c.), from Old Celtic *kagio- "to encompass, enclose" (cf. Welsh cae "fence, hedge," Cornish ke "hedge"), from PIE *kagh- "to catch, seize; wickerwork, fence" (see hedge (n.)). Spelling altered in English by influence of French quai.