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ashtray

[ash-trey] /ˈæʃˌtreɪ/
noun
1.
a receptacle for tobacco ashes of smokers.
Origin of ashtray
1885-1890
First recorded in 1885-90; ash1 + tray1
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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

ashtray

/ˈæʃˌtreɪ/
noun
1.
a receptacle for tobacco ash, cigarette butts, etc
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Word Origin and History for ashtray
n.

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

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