tray

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noun \ ˈtrā \

Definition of tray

:an open receptacle with a flat bottom and a low rim for holding, carrying, or exhibiting articles

trayful

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Examples of tray in a Sentence

  1. She carried the tray of food to our table.

  2. a car with several storage trays

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Origin and Etymology of tray

Middle English, from Old English trīg, trēg; akin to Old Swedish trø wooden grain measure and probably to Old English trēow tree — more at 1tree



TRAY Defined for English Language Learners

tray

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Definition of tray for English Language Learners

  • : a thin, flat, and often rectangular piece of plastic, metal, wood, etc., that has a low rim and that is used for carrying things

  • : a container that has low sides and usually no top and that is used to hold something


TRAY Defined for Kids

tray

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noun \ ˈtrā \

Definition of tray for Students

:an open container with a flat bottom and low rim for holding, carrying, or showing articles
  • a waiter's tray
  • a tray of ice cubes

Medical Dictionary

tray

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noun \ ˈtrā \

medical Definition of tray

:an appliance consisting of a flanged body and a handle for use in holding plastic material against the gums or teeth in making negative impressions for dentures


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