Meaning of TRAY in English

TRAY

/ treɪ; NAmE / noun

1.

a flat piece of wood, metal or plastic with raised edges, used for carrying or holding things, especially food :

He brought her breakfast in bed on a tray.

She came in with a tray of drinks.

a tea tray

2.

(often in compounds) a shallow plastic box, used for various purposes :

a seed tray (= for planting seeds in)

a cat's litter tray

—see also baking tray , in tray , out tray

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WORD ORIGIN

late Old English trīg , from the Germanic base of tree ; the primary sense may have been wooden container .

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