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[ash-trey] /ˈæʃˌtreɪ/
a receptacle for tobacco ashes of smokers.
Origin of ashtray
First recorded in 1885-90; ash1 + tray1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Can't find an ashtray," Bill muttered, seizing on something tangible.

    The Doorway Evelyn E. Smith
  • Then he picked up a cigar out of an ashtray in front of him and lit it, waiting.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • He put his pipe in an ashtray and held up a long, bony finger.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • An ashtray with a magnet in its base to hold it to the metal edge of the table.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • As he lifted the ashtray there was a concerted gasp from all sides.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for ashtray


a receptacle for tobacco ash, cigarette butts, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ashtray

1857 as a receptacle for smokers' ashes, from ash (n.1) + tray.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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