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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

OTHER WORDS FROM quay

quaylike, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH quay

cay, key, quay

Other definitions 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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