[ drey-ij ]

  1. conveyance by dray.

  2. a charge made for it.

Origin of drayage

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; dray + -age

Words Nearby drayage

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How to use drayage in a sentence

  • This, known as 'drayage equalization,' was claimed by competitors to be in the nature of a rebate to secure business.

  • The other was so far from the heart of the city that the drayage expenses were an important item.

  • By this means much expense in the matter of drayage, handling and commissions is saved.

  • In the United States such service is charged in addition, either as drayage or express.

  • By this means drayage was eliminated, and the packages could be delivered in clean condition.

    British Canals | Edwin A. Pratt

British Dictionary definitions for drayage


/ (ˈdreɪɪdʒ) /

  1. US

    • the act of transporting something a short distance by lorry or other vehicle

    • the charge made for such a transport

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