ash·​tray ˈash-ˌtrā How to pronounce ashtray (audio)
: a receptacle for tobacco ashes and for cigar and cigarette butts

Examples of ashtray in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While there is a more modern-say update (with no suggestions for strategically placing ashtrays) the original title still contains recipes and advice for entertaining that's just as relevant today. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 14 Dec. 2023 The Bakelite dashboard was significantly changed with a modern-looking horizontal speedometer and gauges with two ashtrays at each end of the dash. David Krumboltz, The Mercury News, 7 Jan. 2024 One after another, three gigantic puffs and then dumped in the ashtray. Corbin Smith, Rolling Stone, 13 Jan. 2024 Kitsch set design, including a Martini Rossi ashtray, cocktail olives on a plastic spear, a red rose, speak to a vintage ’70s dissolution. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 23 Dec. 2023 Heavy Bohemian cut-crystal ashtrays add a bit of Hollywood Regency to a space, while bent glass ashtrays with maps of Bermuda are perfect for a beach house. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2023 Wirth’s duties included crafting ashtrays, and he was taken by the loyalty his father had inspired by engaging with workers on the production line. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 23 Oct. 2023 The British ceramic artist Alma Berrow, 31, who makes renderings of overflowing ashtrays, as well as sticks of butter with butts stubbed out in them, is drawn to the subversive quality of cigarettes. Alexa Brazilian Sharon Radisch, New York Times, 13 Sep. 2023 According to Elle Decor, metallic design is making its way from the runway into our homes after shows at Paris Design Week put everything from aluminum bedsheets to metallic ashtrays on display. Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ashtray was in 1851

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“Ashtray.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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ash·​tray ˈash-ˌtrā How to pronounce ashtray (audio)
: a container for tobacco ashes and for cigar and cigarette butts

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