Quay

[kwey]
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British Dictionary definitions for matthew quay

quay

noun
  1. a wharf, typically one built parallel to the shorelineCompare pier (def. 1)

Word Origin for quay

C14 keye, from Old French kai, of Celtic origin; compare Cornish hedge, fence, Old Breton cai fence
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Word Origin and History for matthew quay

quay

n.

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.

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