Definition of quay noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kiː//
; NAmE NAmE//kiː//
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a platform in a harbour where boats come in to load, etc. A crowd was waiting on the quay. Word Originlate Middle English key, from Old French kay, of Celtic origin. The change of spelling in the late 17th cent. was influenced by the modern French spelling quai.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: quay