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"Quay" is a noun which is often translated as "el muelle", and "pier" is a noun which is also often translated as "el muelle". Learn more about the difference between "quay" and "pier" below.
quay
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. el muelle
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We made our way down to the quay, where the ferry was moored.Nos dirigimos al muelle, donde estaba atracado el transbordador.
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pier(
pir
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (large dock)
a. el muelle
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We're going to go fishing from the pier this afternoon.Vamos a pescar desde el muelle esta tarde.
b. el embarcadero
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The ferry to the island departs from the pier.El ferry a la isla sale del embarcadero.
2. (pillar)
a. el pilar
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The bridge piers were built in caissons.Los pilares del puente se construyeron dentro de cajones estancos.
3. (amusement park)
a. el muelle
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We're going to ride the roller coaster at the Ocean City Pier.Vamos a subirnos a la montaña rusa del muelle de Ocean City.
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