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Definition of dray

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


drayed; draying; drays

Definition of dray (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to haul on a dray : cart

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While bikes are permitted, the most efficient way to deliver packages are through dray wagon horse carriages. Dixita Limbachia, Detroit Free Press, "How Amazon packages get delivered to Mackinac Island residents," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of dray


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dray


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

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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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