ash·​tray | \ ˈash-ˌtrā How to pronounce ashtray (audio) \

Definition of ashtray

: a receptacle for tobacco ashes and for cigar and cigarette butts

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One witness, according to police, had left the bedroom to retrieve an ashtray when the sound of gunshots rang out. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, "D.C. man yells ‘I’m Zeus. I’m Allah’ after allegedly shooting friend in apartment, according to court papers," 18 June 2019 All that money, all that costly, painstaking renovation—so their home can smell like an ashtray. David Canfield,, "Exclusive: The author of A Simple Favor is back with another juicy thriller," 5 June 2019 From a design standpoint, ashtrays provide the rare opportunity for a small, functional, usually affordable artwork to exist within the home., "Why Are Ashtrays Trending Again? Well, We'll Be Blunt...," 11 July 2018 Besides an ashtray full of bent cigarette butts there wasn't any to detect. Anonymous, Good Housekeeping, "I Had to Choose Between Safety and My Mother," 21 Dec. 2018 Last year, environmentalists installed trash cans with ashtrays at beaches in Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Lake Worth, Juno Beach and Jupiter. Dan Sweeney,, "Is it time to ban beach smoking?," 2 July 2018 There were butlers who acted as bartenders and ashtrays for smoking—something that was previously rarely done in the White House quarters. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Jackie Kennedy’s Best Hostess Advice and Most Memorable Entertaining Moments," 27 July 2018 Opens September 28, 2018 Sterling Ruby: Ceramics at the Museum of Arts and Design New York, New York Prepare for a bevy of vases, ashtrays, and more in this exhibition focused on the accomplished contemporary artist. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "12 of the Best Design Exhibitions to See This Fall," 18 Sep. 2018 The tasting, in some ways, made Gupta’s point clear: the ashtray moscato was indeed authentic. Alan Goldfarb, The Verge, "Artificial whiskey is coming, and one company is betting you’ll drink up," 23 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of ashtray

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ashtray was in 1851

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English Language Learners Definition of ashtray

: a small dish or other small container that is used for throwing away used cigarettes and cigars and their ashes

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