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[ash-trey] /ˈæʃˌtreɪ/
a receptacle for tobacco ashes of smokers.
Origin of ashtray
1885-90; ash1 + tray1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In the ashtray were a number of River's cigarette butts, all holder-crimped, and a quantity of ash, some of it cigar-ash.

    Murder in the Gunroom Henry Beam Piper
  • "Can't find an ashtray," Bill muttered, seizing on something tangible.

    The Doorway Evelyn E. Smith
  • Carefully he snubbed his cigarette in an ashtray, then turned sharply to the girl.

    Bear Trap Alan Edward Nourse
  • Then he picked up a cigar out of an ashtray in front of him and lit it, waiting.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • Boyd looked for an ashtray, failed again to find one, and walked over to flip a second cigarette out onto Washington.

    Occasion for Disaster Gordon Randall Garrett
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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