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[trey] /treɪ/
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.
a removable receptacle of this shape in a cabinet, box, trunk, or the like, sometimes forming a drawer.
a tray and its contents:
to order a breakfast tray from room service.
Origin of tray1
before 1050; Middle English; Old English trēg, trīg; cognate with Old Swedish trö corn measure; akin to tree


[trey] /treɪ/
noun, Australian Slang.
a coin worth threepence.
Also called tray bit.
1895-1900; compare earlier argot trey, tray three, a set of three, probably ultimately < Italian tre (< Latin trēs three); cf. trey Unabridged
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  • When he has finished he takes his tray to the directress that she may verify his work.

    The Montessori Method Maria Montessori
  • Then she sat down at the table near the door, with the tray in front of her.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • She turned her head and glanced at some cards that the bearer had brought in on a tray.

    The Pointing Man Marjorie Douie
  • There is a letter in the tray—just a name, no address on it.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • She carried a tray in her hand on which were a bottle of stout and a glass.

    Our Elizabeth Florence A. Kilpatrick
British Dictionary definitions for tray


a thin flat board or plate of metal, plastic, etc, usually with a raised edge, on which things can be carried
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

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