Origin of drayage

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; dray + -age
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Examples from the Web for drayage

Historical Examples of drayage

  • 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.

  • One, issued by a baker, represented "twenty-five cents in drayage or confectionary," at the option of the holder.

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British Dictionary definitions for drayage


  1. US
    1. the act of transporting something a short distance by lorry or other vehicle
    2. the charge made for such a transport
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Word Origin and History for drayage

1791, "conveyance by dray," from dray + -age. Later also in reference to the fee for such.

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