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).

Nearby words

  1. quag,
  2. quagga,
  3. quaggy,
  4. quagmire,
  5. quahog,
  6. quai d'orsay,
  7. quaich,
  8. quail,
  9. quail clock,
  10. quail dove

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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