\ ˈtrā How to pronounce trey (audio) \
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

Examples of trey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Midway through the first quarter, Williams buried the record-breaking trey from the left corner. Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, "Stanford women open NCAA Tournament with dismantling of Utah Valley," 21 Mar. 2021 Conner only had one trey in the first but made up for it with four in the second quarter. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "KHSAA high school basketball: after 20-year hiatus, Highlands hoists 9th Region trophy," 27 Mar. 2021 Even in the first-round game with the Spartans on Saturday, the Seminoles, who led the ACC in three-point shooting this season, didn’t make a single trey and went 0-for-9 from downtown. Mike Bianchi,, "FSU coach Leonard Hamilton is playing hurt, but his program is walking tall | Commentary," 20 Mar. 2021 The Eagles made 10 3-pointers against Kansas, and their ability to sink the trey kept them in the game. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "NCAA tournament 2021: Monday matchups, betting odds and players to watch," 20 June 2020 Cupps regained the lead for the Elks with a trey at 1:13, then Moeller's Williams put the Crusaders up with 49 seconds left. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "Moeller's state title hopes ended by Centerville," 14 Mar. 2021 Williams opened the third quarter with a trey to put Stanford up 46-20. Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, "Stanford women overwhelm UCLA for Pac-12 tourney title," 7 Mar. 2021 Still, when Jensen canned a trey to begin the second half, the score was now 42-40. Eric Butler | Special To The Tribune, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Davis fulfills promise with win over Westlake in 6A boys’ championship game," 6 Mar. 2021 The Falcons hit 12 shots from the 3-point line or further back, such as Knott’s deep trey. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Lutheran East rolls back to OHSAA Division III district finals with 101-35 win vs. Oberlin," 3 Mar. 2021

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Trey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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