\ˈtrā \
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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North Shore built its seemingly comfortable 59-52 cushion when Shemar Clark buried a long trey. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Boys' basketball: Clear Lake stuns North Shore, 61-59," 23 Feb. 2018 This season the Rockets set the NBA record with 3,470 attempted treys. Mike Bianchi,, "An appeal to new coach Steve Clifford: Reinvent Stan Plan and make Orlando Magic fun again," 3 June 2018 The Pelicans went 6-of-24 from the 3-point line and became only the second team this season to eclipse 125 points while making six or fewer treys. William Guillory,, "Pelicans win 3rd game in 3 nights with comeback victory over Lakers," 22 Mar. 2018 Keita Bates-Diop, the Big Ten player of the year, took 13 treys, hitting four. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "Ohio State's three-point approach helps set up NCAA tournament rematch with Gonzaga," 15 Mar. 2018 In the first overtime, Oiler Ovidio Perez sank two free throws for a 39-37 cushion, but Ogunbanjo responded with a trey for a 40-39 Taylor lead with 2:10 left. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Boys' basketball: Alief Taylor upends Pearland in double-OT," 27 Feb. 2018 In its last three games, Purdue has connected on 51.2% (40 of 78) of its threes, including a 14 of 22 performance against the Badgers that saw four different players knock down at least three treys. Molly Geary,, "Power Rankings: The Three Remaining One-Loss Teams, Big 12's Depth Spark Changes," 17 Jan. 2018 Bledsoe quickly pushed a pass to Brogdon in the corner and the reigning Rookie of the Year swished a trey with 33.5 seconds left to put the Bucks back up two. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 104, Celtics 102: Giannis Antetokounmpo's tip-in helps even series," 22 Apr. 2018 Mykhailiuk took one dribble to his left, nailed the trey, and Kansas went on to an 85–81 overtime win. Chris Johnson,, "Devonte' Graham's Winding Road to Becoming Kansas's Steadying Force," 29 Mar. 2018

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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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basketball : 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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