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

Examples of tray in a Sentence

She carried the tray of food to our table. a car with several storage trays
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Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tray was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tray.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an open container with flat bottom and low rim for holding, carrying, or exhibiting articles
trayful noun

Medical Definition


: 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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