\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Place the mixing tray on top of the plastic bin lid. Daniel Kluko, Popular Mechanics, "Keep Growing All Winter With This DIY Hydroponic System," 7 Nov. 2020 Assembly only requires attaching the keyboard tray to the desktop, no tools needed. Emmy Favilla, CNN Underscored, "The best standing desks of 2020," 6 Nov. 2020 Removing the tray from a bag of takeout is like discovering a chocolate sampler. Washington Post, "Shibuya Eatery lives up to its name, bringing Tokyo street food to Adams Morgan," 30 Oct. 2020 The myriad elements in the tray presented a stimulating series of tastes and textures. Soleil Ho,, "This stunning S.F. Thai spread got half a million TikTok views, but how does it taste?," 26 Oct. 2020 The main counter frames one wall, with a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony set up to one side, featuring a clay coffee pot and small cups with no handles on a tray, and a pan on a small stove ready to roast fresh coffee beans. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "'Coffee is everything' for this immigrant duo running Louisville's new Ethiopian cafe," 14 Oct. 2020 Stick toothpicks in each piece and serve on a tray. Alex Darus, cleveland, "8 football snack recipes that will make you want to stay home this Sunday," 6 Oct. 2020 As Thiem stepped forward to pose for pictures with his shiny new bit of hardware, Zverev remained a few feet behind, one hand clutching his less-impressive silver tray, the other hand on a hip. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Dominic Thiem is first man since 1949 to win U.S. Open final after ceding first 2 sets," 14 Sep. 2020 Kudos to hosts who eliminate touch points and give guests their own tray tables. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "If family-style takeout is on the menu, these 3 restaurants have a whole lot to offer," 4 Sep. 2020

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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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15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tray.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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