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 Between them: a floating backgammon board, several pre-rolled joints, and a wobbling ashtray. Sheila Marikar, The New Yorker, "Shooting the Good Life for Jay-Z’s Cannabis Company," 12 Apr. 2021 The Housegoods line, which was designed in part by Seth, includes ceramics pieces made to his exact specifications—like an ashtray and vase—that will be sold online in limited quantities. Jackie Bryant, Forbes, "Seth Rogen’s Houseplant Is A Celebrity Cannabis Brand Worth The Hype," 11 Mar. 2021 The Houseplant ashtray is a textured earth-tone cup that, aside from the bed for the joint on the lip, could double as serving vessel for green tea at a Santa Barbara wellness retreat. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Seth Rogen Is All Fired Up," 6 Mar. 2021 Chloe Zhao had a sparse office with a Moleskine notebook on the desk and — talk about a power move — an ashtray. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, "Golden Globes 2021: This Party Could Have Been an Email," 1 Mar. 2021 Police smelled marijuana in the car, and the man admitted that a marijuana roach was in the ashtray. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Intoxicated man passes out in stopped car; man defrauded of $2,000 through phone scam: Berea police blotter," 15 Jan. 2021 When asked about the odor, the girlfriend admitted there were roaches in the ashtray. John Benson, cleveland, "Woman locks keys in marijuana-smelling vehicle while visiting boyfriend in jail: North Royalton Police Blotter," 25 Nov. 2020 And though smoking has been prohibited on all major airlines since 2000, the agency still requires an ashtray in the lavatory as a safety measure because some passengers persist in trying to light up in secret. Natalie Hamilton, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Do the Planets All Orbit the Sun in the Same Plane?," 19 Nov. 2020 There was also an ashtray with the figure in the center. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Pass the peanuts … please: Yenke Peddler antiques," 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of ashtray

1851, in the meaning defined above

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15 Apr 2021

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“Ashtray.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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