Meaning of TRAY in English


I. ˈtrā noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English tray, trey, from Old English trēg, trīg; akin to Old Swedish trö wooden grain measure, Old English trēow tree, wood — more at tree

1. : an open variously shaped receptacle of wood, metal, or other material with a flat bottom and a low rim for holding, carrying, or exhibiting articles

a tray of sandwiches

a jeweler's tray

a silver card tray

2. dialect England : hurdle 1a

3. : a flat or curved piece of metal used to hold ammunition or any part of the mechanism of a gun ; specifically : a brass or steel part of the breech mechanism of a heavy cannon — called also plugtray

4. : board 5f(1)

5. : an appliance consisting of a flanged body and a handle for use in holding plastic material against the gums or teeth in making negative impressions for dentures

6. : plate 1a(3)

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to arrange (as fruits for dehydration) on trays

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: alteration of trey

: royal antler

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