- a flat, shallow container or receptacle made of wood, metal, etc., usually with slightly raised edges, used for carrying, holding, or displaying articles of food, glass, china, etc.
- a removable receptacle of this shape in a cabinet, box, trunk, or the like, sometimes forming a drawer.
- a tray and its contents: to order a breakfast tray from room service.
Origin of tray1
- a coin worth threepence.
Origin of tray2
Examples from the Web for tray
Disturbed by these suppositions and deciding not to tell my wife, I made the tea and took the tray to the bedroom.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death
August 11, 2014
Willie signals to the stewardess that he needs some help with his tray.Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band
March 15, 2014
In the next fragment, Jen observes a tray pile-up at a museum cafeteria dining line.Renata Adler, Poet of a Chaotic Generation
March 21, 2013
Tipping the tray into Coinstar and hearing the telltale rattle as the counter spins is not providing.Daddy, How Come You’re Always Broke? Benjamin Anastas’s ‘Too Good to Be True’
October 15, 2012
And with that, a tray of teeny-tiny chocolate-covered ice-cream cones went round the room.An Affair to Remember: Diane von Furstenberg Toasts Worldly Women
June 8, 2012
Every bowl, tray, warming-pan, and piggin has gone to the mines.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
Then she sat down at the table near the door, with the tray in front of her.
There is a letter in the tray—just a name, no address on it.
Lizzie, carrying a tray of dishes, came into the hall as he opened the door.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
He went out and Miss Woodville came soon with food on a tray.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
- a thin flat board or plate of metal, plastic, etc, usually with a raised edge, on which things can be carried
- a shallow receptacle for papers, etc, sometimes forming a drawer in a cabinet or box
Word Origin and History for tray
Old English treg, trig "flat board with a low rim," from Proto-Germanic *traujan (cf. Old Swedish tro, a corn measure). Related to Old English treow "wood, tree" (see tree (n.)) and the primary sense may have been "wooden vessel."