ash·​tray | \ ˈash-ˌtrā \

Definition of ashtray

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

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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 The grace gave way to loads of treasures, from Do Not Disturb signs and ashtrays to complete sets of china and cutlery. Sarah Bray, Town & Country, "10 Wondrous Things About The Waldorf-Astoria," 6 Oct. 2014 This book is Morris’s attempt to throw that ashtray back. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy," 8 May 2018 Speak with your neighbor nicely and ask him or her to help mitigate the problem, perhaps by investing in smokeless ashtrays or by smoking outdoors. Gary M. Singer,, "Ask a real estate pro: Neighbor's smoking is getting into my unit. What can I do?," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of ashtray

1851, in the meaning defined above

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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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