tray

1 [trey]
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:
before 1050; Middle English; Old English trēg, trīg; cognate with Old Swedish trö corn measure; akin to tree

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tray

2 [trey]
noun Australian Slang.
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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tray (treɪ)
 
n
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
 
[Old English trieg; related to Old Swedish trö corn measure, Old Norse treyja carrier, Greek driti tub, German Trogtrough]

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tray
O.E. treg, trig "flat board with a low rim," from P.Gmc. *traujan (cf. O.Swed. tro, a corn measure). Related to O.E. treow "wood, tree," and the primary sense may have been "wooden vessel."
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Example sentences for trays
The seafood is scooped onto large trays or plates and eaten by hand.
Dishes are placed on large trays and fed onto rollers through the machine.
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