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tray1

[trey] /treɪ/
noun
1.
a flat, shallow container or receptacle made of wood, metal, etc., usually with slightly raised edges, used for carrying, holding, or displaying articles of food, glass, china, etc.
2.
a removable receptacle of this shape in a cabinet, box, trunk, or the like, sometimes forming a drawer.
3.
a tray and its contents:
to order a breakfast tray from room service.
Origin
1050
before 1050; Middle English; Old English trēg, trīg; cognate with Old Swedish trö corn measure; akin to tree

tray2

[trey] /treɪ/
noun, Australian Slang.
1.
a coin worth threepence.
Also called tray bit.
Origin
1895-1900; compare earlier argot trey, tray three, a set of three, probably ultimately < Italian tre (< Latin trēs three); cf. trey
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Examples from the web for tray
  • Each tray had ten raisins divided in different ways between two pots-say eight and two, or five and five.
  • Please ensure that your seat belt is fastened, your seat back is upright and your tray-table is stowed.
  • If completely dry they are gathered immediately, and if not they are laid onto a continuous paper tray in the vineyard to dry.
  • The build tray then descends, a new liquid surface is applied and the process is repeated.
  • The panel on the climbing robot, about the size of a coffee tray, harvested enough power to run a small lawnmower.
  • Some cinemas have replaced rows of seats with widely spaced reclining chairs, with tray tables and waiter service.
  • The outside of the pots are also doused in the water, which drains down into the slats of a wooden tray.
  • Once the winners of yesterday's election have worked out how to share the spoils of victory, they face a daunting in-tray.
  • Put the tray back into the freezer for three minutes for the ice cream to harden.
  • Unlike a table on a sailboat, an airplane tray requires no gimbals.
British Dictionary definitions for tray

tray

/treɪ/
noun
1.
a thin flat board or plate of metal, plastic, etc, usually with a raised edge, on which things can be carried
2.
a shallow receptacle for papers, etc, sometimes forming a drawer in a cabinet or box
Word Origin
Old English trieg; related to Old Swedish trö corn measure, Old Norse treyja carrier, Greek driti tub, German Trogtrough
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Word Origin and History for tray
n.

Old English treg, trig "flat board with a low rim," from Proto-Germanic *traujan (cf. Old Swedish tro, a corn measure). Related to Old English treow "wood, tree" (see tree (n.)) and the primary sense may have been "wooden vessel."

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Slang definitions & phrases for tray

trey

noun

A $3 packet of narcotics (1960s+ Narcotics)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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