quay

[ kee, key, kwey ]
/ ki, keɪ, kweɪ /

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

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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