[ kee, key, kwey ]
/ ki, keɪ, kweɪ /


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


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 forms

quay·like, adjective

Can be confused

cay key quay

Definition for quay (2 of 2)


[ kwey ]
/ kweɪ /


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


/ (kiː) /


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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