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

Definition of ashtray

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

Examples of ashtray in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His living-room floor is littered with beer bottles that have been converted into ashtrays, each refracting flickers of light from the always-on flat screen. T.l. Andrews, Quartz, "More people are dying alone—and the global economy isn’t prepared for it," 21 Dec. 2019 Disturbance: Wilson Mills Road Marathon employees said Dec. 7 that a male and female in a truck were going through an ashtray for cigarette butts and bothering people. cleveland, "Man admits fear of deer attack: Highland Heights Police Blotter," 12 Dec. 2019 Police then found small rocks of crack cocaine in the ashtray-cupholder. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Man banned from gym for rude behavior; ‘unnatural bulges’ betray hidden marijuana: Berea police blotter," 8 Nov. 2019 Bonus round: What about those throwback ashtrays and the 'Mile High Club'? NBC News, "How to get better service on an airplane, according to a veteran flight attendant," 7 June 2019 My mother’s beautiful ceramic ashtray collection [though neither she nor Lolita smoke] was placed on every table at the wedding feast. Vogue, "Stylist Lolita Jacobs’s Effortlessly Chic Wedding in the South of France," 26 July 2018 The study counted all tobacco images – including cigarettes in an ashtray, in a pack or on a store shelf – but says 54% included the product in the character's hand or mouth. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'Stranger Things,' 'Orange' have way too many tobacco images, youth-focused study finds," 1 July 2019 Cigarette butts found when the carpet was ripped up were cleaned and placed back in their ashtrays that litter the consoles. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "'We did the impossible': What it was like inside Apollo 11's Mission Control," 19 July 2019 Sutterley said investigators located a drinking glass within the area where the fire started, which may have been used as a makeshift ashtray. Pomerado News, "Father convicted for Rancho Bernardo fire that killed two children," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of ashtray

1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Ashtray.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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