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tray

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Pronunciation: /treɪ
 
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Definition of tray in English:

noun

A flat, shallow container with a raised rim, typically used for carrying food and drink, or for holding small items or loose material: they ate supper off a tray in front of the fire a baking tray seed trays
More example sentences
  • He watched as a line of servers carried silver trays stacked with food in the direction the men had gone.
  • Brad and Julia tramped up the stairs, each carrying a tray laden with food and cups of coffee.
  • Miranda dismissed the other servants as she proceeded to prepare a tray of food and drink.

Origin

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

More
  • Late Old English trīg is from the Germanic base of tree (Old English). The primary sense may have been ‘wooden container’. Trough (Old English) had a primary meaning of ‘wooden vessel’ and is related. The notion of a downturn on a graph or similar representation dates from the late 19th century in meteorology, the early 20th century in economics, and generally (peaks and troughs) from the 1930s.

Derivatives

trayful

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noun (plural trayfuls)
Example sentences
  • Many traditional-style meals are on the current school menu, but children who opt for the ‘Stop, Pick and Go’ menu can potentially come away with a high-fat, high-salt, high-sugar trayful of snacks like pizza and crisps.
  • One trayful of food was burned - purely for theatrical effect.
  • A souvenir seller enters with a trayful of statues of the gods and offers to tell them stories.

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