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[ash-trey] /ˈæʃˌtreɪ/
a receptacle for tobacco ashes of smokers.
Origin of ashtray
1885-90; ash1 + tray Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ashtray
  • Next to him, beneath a prominent no-smoking sign, sits an ashtray filled with cigarette ends.
  • But by the same argument, so is a seashell or a goldfish or an ashtray.
  • It seems odd that she has a cheerful ashtray with a mouselike creature attached.
  • Whether a driver smokes or not, the fact that an automobile has a bad ashtray says quite a lot about its interior design.
  • Greta lifted a plastic ashtray off the nearest shelf.
  • When the art teacher called his mug an ashtray, he vomited.
  • She found an ashtray: no one else was allowed to smoke in her flat.
  • She comes back while he is picking up an ashtray he dropped and is convinced that he is lying.
  • As he talked, he moved his ashtray to a precise place on his desk.
  • She sits up and inadvertently knocks over an ashtray concealed under the blanket on the bed.
British Dictionary definitions for ashtray


a receptacle for tobacco ash, cigarette butts, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ashtray

1857 as a receptacle for smokers' ashes, from ash (n.1) + tray.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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