ash·​tray | \ˈash-ˌtrā \

Definition of ashtray 

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

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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 No crowds, a few plastic chairs, and a gently lilting surface that is basically a giant ashtray. Carrie Battan, GQ, "How Do You Explain Zayn?," 18 June 2018 Which means an ashtray could be just what your curated coffee table has been craving., "Why Are Ashtrays Trending Again? Well, We'll Be Blunt...," 11 July 2018 Those ashtrays seem to have had better results than the signs, but still have not ended the problem. Dan Sweeney,, "Is it time to ban beach smoking?," 2 July 2018 Four ashtrays estimated to sell for $500 to $700 went for a staggering $12,500. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "The Four Seasons Auction Made $4.1 Million," 27 July 2016 Inside, the van had a dark interior, with an ashtray in the front cup holder and a green tree air freshener hanging from the rear view mirror, the release states. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Gary police seek information on kidnapping of 10-year-old boy," 15 June 2018 Question: Why do airlines still have ashtrays in the bathroom doors even though smoking is prohibited? John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Why are there still ashtrays in airplane bathrooms?," 27 May 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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