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

Examples of trey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guard Cameron Weeks added a trey in the third quarter and guard Mackenzie Conley made a deep one in the fourth. Craig J. Clary, Baltimore Sun, 13 Feb. 2024 Eight of Allen's treys were assisted by the Suns' Big 3 of Booker (16 points, game-high 11 assists), Kevin Durant (27 points, five assists) and Bradley Beal (13 points, five assists) and one from starting center Jusuf Nurkic (10 points, game-high 15 points, three assists). Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 17 Jan. 2024 Green responded with a personal 7-0 run that included a deep trey, a mid-range jumper to beat the shot clock and a backdoor cut for a reverse lay-in to put the Musketeers up 73-55. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 13 Jan. 2024 Northwestern does connect at a respectable 37.7% clip from three-point range, but the ‘Cats be at a disadvantage on the glass against Wisconsin’s frontcourt if the treys aren’t falling. USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2024 With the Lakers trailing by seven, Walker began the quarter by hitting a trey, put the Lakers in front for good with a jumper in the final two minutes and grabbed the final rebound to clinch it. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2023 To start the second half, Cam Christie had two treys and Mitchell hit another as the U’s lead grew to 20 points with 16:11 remaining. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, 11 Feb. 2024 Former Grizzly Jessica Grant holds the state record for career 3s (486) and single-season treys (162). Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Jan. 2024 Mitchell hit two treys and busted out of a shooting slump, making 3 of 5 in the first half and 5 of 12 for the game. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, 18 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of trey was in the 14th century

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“Trey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural treys
: a card or dice with three spots
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