\ 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

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His three-pointer, assisted by Clayton Custer, gave the Ramblers a 69-65 lead before Caleb Martin drilled a late trey of his own to nearly stage another epic comeback. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Five things that make Elite Eight-bound Cinderella Loyola-Chicago such a unique contender," 22 Mar. 2018 Perry followed up the trey with another layup on the ensuing possession but failed to hit the front end of a one-and-one with 48 seconds in the half that would have broken a tie game at 39-39., "UAB knocks off Louisiana Tech to continue hot streak," 13 Jan. 2018 Bartlett got a boost from Samuel Marqueda, who sank five treys en route to 21 points, and Leroy Manogiamanu, who totaled 12 points and 14 rebounds. Anchorage Daily News, "In battle of Eagles, Georgia team prevails to take Alaska Airlines Classic tournament title," 28 Jan. 2018 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

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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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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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