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  1. (formerly) an allowance for waste, after deduction for tare.
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Origin of tret

1490–1500; < Anglo-French, variant of trait act of drawing; see trait
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Examples from the Web for tret

Historical Examples

  • When it comes to a question of tare and tret, false sentiment must be excluded.


    R. D. Blackmore

  • She saved me—little knock-out—an' look 'ow I went an' tret 'er for it!

    The Crime Doctor

    Ernest William Hornung

  • Tare and Tret, commercial terms, are deductions usually made from the gross weight of goods.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood

  • Multiplying the men by the seconds (5,000 x 30) you get approximately the amount of the wind, in wear and tare and tret.

  • "He tret the ainst, an' I tret ten times or mair," Geordie was vehemently affirming to a sympathetic street.

    St. Cuthbert's

    Robert E. Knowles

British Dictionary definitions for tret


  1. commerce (formerly) an allowance according to weight granted to purchasers for waste due to transportation. It was calculated after deduction for tare
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French trait pull, tilt of the scale; see trait
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Word Origin and History for tret

c.1500, of unknown origin.

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