\ ˈtrā How to pronounce tray (audio) \

Definition of tray

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

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Other Words from tray

trayful \ ˈtrā-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce trayful (audio) \ 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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The oysters, usually local Maine and Massachusetts varieties, are just $1.50 each and come on large trays of ice with the classic fixings: lemon wedges, horseradish, cocktail sauce, and shallot mignonette. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "The Shop in Portland, Maine, Is My Ultimate Summer Hang," 30 July 2019 The incident happened after a pilot put his coffee cup without a lid on a tray table rather than in a cup holder, the report said. NBC News, "Cockpit coffee spill forces commercial jet with hundreds on board to make emergency landing," 12 Sep. 2019 Pippa resisted an urge to touch the gray plastic of the tray table. Anne Enright, The New Yorker, "The Weight," 29 Aug. 2019 No one wants to see your bare feet hoisted in the air, resting on a tray table, walking down the aisle, or going into the lavatory. Christopher Muther,, "No one — and I mean no one — wants to see your bare feet on a plane. Ever.," 6 Aug. 2019 And there is an option for a pair of cocktail seats and tray table. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV: a royal rite of passage," 2 Aug. 2019 So, Minnesota, make sure your seat backs and tray tables are in their full upright position: Christmas in July — at the airport, anyway — has been canceled. Jasmine Johnson, Twin Cities, "Snow on the ground in the middle of July? Not anymore: The airport’s last pile has finally melted," 19 July 2019 However, there are some easy steps to take: Consider wiping down hard surfaces on airplanes, like the television screen, tray table, and armrests. Alyson Krueger, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Tackle the Most Common Travel Fears," 6 June 2019 Using the tray table is unavoidable on most flights. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "Patricia Altschul's Very Specific Guide to Traveling in Style," 18 May 2019

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First Known Use of tray

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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 tree entry 1

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

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English Language Learners Definition of tray

: 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


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Kids Definition of tray

: 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


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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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