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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 Protecting the perimeter again LSU and South Carolina thrived off 3-pointers in A&M’s last two losses, making a combined 30 treys in those two games. Alex Miller, Dallas News, "Second-half outburst pushes Texas A&M past Missouri, 66-64," 21 Jan. 2020 The Bombers would also get a buzzer-beater before halftime when Kobe Rodgers maneuvered for a banked-in trey for the 21-19 lead. Scott Springer,, "La Salle comes back to defeat St. Xavier for North Bend Road basketball bragging rights," 18 Jan. 2020 Butler led by its largest margin, 55-39, on a Baldwin trey with 6:59 left when the Friars slapped on a full-court press. Mike Scandura, Indianapolis Star, "Butler hangs hat on defense, holds Providence to 31.7% shooting," 11 Jan. 2020 Nwora awoke from his slumber with a trey from the wing with 2:20 remaining to give Louisville a 68-65 lead. Rana L. Cash, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky vs. Louisville basketball live: Wildcats trip up rivals, 78-70, at Rupp Arena," 28 Dec. 2019 He got started right out of the gate with a trey after Alihan Demir made a shot on the game’s first possession. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers guards go cold in 72-52 loss to Iowa in Big Ten opener," 9 Dec. 2019 For the season, the Hokies averaged nine treys a game and shot 38.5 percent from the arch. John Smallwood,, "Villanova's second-round March Madness opponent is set as Alabama's Collin Sexton overpowers Virginia Tech," 16 Mar. 2018 New Orleans is 11-3 when Miller makes at least three treys, but he's shown the ability to make shots off the dribble and not settle when teams attempt to run him off the line. William Guillory,, "Pelicans begin 3-game road trip at New York Knicks," 14 Jan. 2018 In the opening minutes of the third period, Deer Park canned three straight treys on top of Anderson’s to end the first half, getting the Deer within six at 32-26. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Channelview surges by Deer Park in 21-6A opener 57-33," 3 Jan. 2020

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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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9 Feb 2020

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“Trey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 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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