Definition of dray in English:

dray

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Pronunciation: /dreɪ
 
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noun

1A truck or cart without sides, for delivering beer barrels or other heavy loads.
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  • It is 30 years since Major John Bartholomew, former Wadworth chairman, decided to reintroduce shire horses to pull the drays that deliver beer to licensed premises in the town.
  • The Duke is calling in on the brewery to mark the 30th anniversary of the return of horse-drawn drays for delivering beer to licensed premises in the town.
  • He also said that a number of the drays that deliver the beer have been ‘debadged’ in a cost-saving measure.
1.1Australian/NZ A two-wheeled cart.
More example sentences
  • As the boat came slowly down the road to the beach, Bill Hayward steadied his team of four draught-horses, as he waited with a two-wheeled dray to haul the boat along the shore.
  • After the break the company once more advertised in the Adelaide papers that they wanted immediately a number of drays to cart ore from Yudanamutana and Blinman to Port Augusta.
  • They left Adelaide on 12 November 1879 with four wagons, four drays, two express wagons, 40 men with portable troughs and a year's supply of fodder.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting a sledge): perhaps from Old English dræge 'dragnet', related to dragan 'to pull' (see draw).

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