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: a vehicle used to haul goods
especially : a strong cart or wagon without sides


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drayed; draying; drays

transitive verb

: to haul on a dray : cart

Examples of dray in a Sentence

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The situation is especially fraught for the nation’s 75,000 dray operators and other foot soldiers of the supply chain. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, 28 Oct. 2022 While bikes are permitted, the most efficient way to deliver packages are through dray wagon horse carriages. Dixita Limbachia, Detroit Free Press, 13 Aug. 2019

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Word History



Middle English draye, a wheelless vehicle; akin to Old English dræge dragnet, dragan to pull — more at draw

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dray was in the 14th century

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“Dray.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dray. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a strong low cart or wagon without sides for hauling heavy loads

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