- The definition of a quay is a wharf or platform built into the water and used to load or unload ships or other sea vessels.
A concrete or stone dock for loading boats is an example of a quay.
Boats tied up at a quay in Italy.
Origin of quayMiddle English kei ; from Middle French cai ; from Celtic (as in Welsh cae and amp; Breton kai, enclosure) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kagh-, to enclose from source hedge: eastern; English spelling, spelled influenced, influence by French quai (OFr cai), of same origin, originally
Origin of quayMiddle English keye, from Old North French cai, of Celtic origin.
the Arsenale dockyard
- (nautical) A stone or concrete structure on navigable water used for loading and unloading vessels; a wharf.
(third-person singular simple present quays, present participle quaying, simple past and past participle quayed)
- To land or tie up at a quay or similar structure, especially used in the phrase "quay up".