quay

[ kee, key, kwey ]
/ ki, keɪ, kweɪ /
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noun

a landing place, especially one of solid masonry, constructed along the edge of a body of water; wharf.

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Origin of quay

1690–1700; spelling variant (after French quai) of earlier kay (also key, whence the modern pronunciation) < Old French kay, cay; akin to Spanish cayo shoal. See key2
Related formsquay·like, adjective
Can be confusedcay key quay

Definition for quay (2 of 2)

Quay

[ kwey ]
/ kweɪ /

noun

Matthew Stanley,1833–1904, U.S. politician: senator 1887–99, 1901–4.
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British Dictionary definitions for quay

quay

/ (kiː) /

noun

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 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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