noun \ˈtrā\

: a thin, flat, and often rectangular piece of plastic, metal, wood, etc., that has a low rim and that is used for carrying things

: a container that has low sides and usually no top and that is used to hold something

Full Definition of TRAY

:  an open receptacle with a flat bottom and a low rim for holding, carrying, or exhibiting articles
tray·ful \-ˌfl\ noun

Examples of TRAY

  1. She carried the tray of food to our table.
  2. a car with several storage trays

Origin of TRAY

Middle English, from Old English trīg, trēg; akin to Old Swedish trø wooden grain measure and probably to Old English trēow tree — more at tree
First Known Use: before 12th century
TRAY Defined for Kids


noun \ˈtrā\

Definition of TRAY for Kids

:  an open container with a flat bottom and low rim for holding, carrying, or showing articles <a waiter's tray> <a tray of ice cubes>
Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈtrā\

Medical Definition of TRAY

:  an appliance consisting of a flanged body and a handle for use in holding plastic material against the gums or teeth in making negative impressions for dentures


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