a playing card or a die having three pips.

Origin of trey

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French trei(s) < Latin trēs three Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trey

Contemporary Examples of trey

Historical Examples of trey

  • He shuffled, buried a trey, and gave me an ace-down, duck-up.

    The Slizzers

    Jerome Bixby

  • Why don't you change the trey of hearts to the place that suits you?

    The Courage of Marge O'Doone

    James Oliver Curwood

  • When Trey told her that he had no idea where her brother was, she believed him.

  • Presently Portlaw began in a babyish-irritated voice: "I've buried the deuce and trey of diamonds, and blocked myself—"

    The Firing Line

    Robert W. Chambers

  • It seemed a true and honest die, for it came up now an ace, now trey; now six, now deuce.

    Claim Number One

    George W. (George Washington) Ogden

British Dictionary definitions for trey



any card or dice throw with three spots

Word Origin for trey

C14: from Old French treis three, from Latin trēs
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Word Origin and History for trey

late 14c., "card, die, or domino with three spots," from Old French treis, oblique case of treie "three," from Latin tria (neuter) "three" (see three).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper