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plural treys

Definition of trey

1 : a shot in basketball that counts for three points
2 : a card numbered three or having three main pips
3 : the side of a die or domino that has three spots

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Recent Examples on the Web Cristian Jackson’s trey with with 3:15 left before the half extended Akron’s lead to 31-24. Branson Wright, cleveland, "Akron’s 74-59 victory over Bowling Green moves Zips a half-game out of first place in MAC East," 12 Feb. 2020 The trey-launching Seminoles have their work cut out for them against a Duke defense which is elite in defending the 3-pointer. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Florida State at Duke college basketball odds, picks and best bets," 10 Feb. 2020 Ross’s trey was the first made three for either team, and cut the lead to 1. Matt Doherty,, "Refusing to give in, Lowell boys’ basketball rallies to beat Lawrence," 31 Jan. 2020 In contrast to the first game on this list, these two teams shoot the trey very well – Creighton at a 37% clip and Villanova at 35.3%. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "Starting Five: SEC showdown between Auburn and Kentucky tops college basketball weekend," 31 Jan. 2020 Later Zach Harvey’s second trey of the season would put the lead at 16-3. Scott Springer,, "Cincinnati Bearcats defeat SMU Mustangs behind Jarron Cumberland's 28 points," 28 Jan. 2020 In between the two treys, Pearland South also received a bucket from Camben Emanuel. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Fairmont JH 7A gives unbeaten Pearland South a battle before losing 40-34," 10 Jan. 2020 After leading by 16 points to start the second half and then trailing by as many as five points on two occasions, the Nuggets wouldn’t relinquish the lead after Jokic’s trey. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets win third straight game after near-collapse against the Knicks," 15 Dec. 2019 Al Durham knocked down his only bucket on a poor 1-for-6 shooting performance from deep to break a 6-6 tie, followed by back-to-back treys from Devonte Green (4-of-8 from the field, 3-for-6 from beyond the arc). Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "IU basketball pushes to 7-0 with up-and-down win over South Dakota State," 30 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of trey

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for trey

Middle English treye, treis, from Anglo-French trei, treis three, from Latin tres — more at three

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23 Feb 2020

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“Trey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of trey

basketball, informal : a shot that is worth three points
: a playing card with the number 3 or a symbol repeated three times on it

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