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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for quai

Historical Examples of quai

  • 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.


    Talbot Baines Reed

  • In the midst of it all I walked unchallenged to the Quai Necker.


    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.