from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A shallow flat receptacle with a raised edge or rim, used for carrying, holding, or displaying articles.
  • n. A shallow flat receptacle with its contents: took the patient a dinner tray.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Trouble; annoyance; anger.
  • n. A small, typically rectangular or round, flat, rigid object upon which things are carried.
  • n. A flat carrier for items being transported.
  • n. The items on a full tray.
  • n. A component of a device into which an item is placed for use in the device's operations.
  • n. A notification area used for icons and alerts.
  • v. To place items on a tray.
  • v. To slide down a snow-covered hill on a tray from a cafeteria.
  • v. To grieve; annoy.
  • v. To betray.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small trough or wooden vessel, sometimes scooped out of a block of wood, for various domestic uses, as in making bread, chopping meat, etc.
  • n. A flat, broad vessel on which dishes, glasses, etc., are carried; a waiter; a salver.
  • n. A shallow box, generally without a top, often used within a chest, trunk, box, etc., as a removable receptacle for small or light articles.
  • transitive v. To betray; to deceive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To grieve; annoy.
  • To betray.
  • n. A trough, open box, or similar vessel used for different domestic and industrial purposes. Specifically
  • n. A flat shallow vessel or utensil with slightly raised edges, employed for holding bread, dishes, glassware, silver, cards, etc., and for other household uses.
  • n. A wide shallow coverless box of wood or cardboard, used in museums for packing and displaying specimens of natural history.
  • n. A shallow and usually rectangular dish or pan of crockery ware, gutta-percha, papier-mâché, metal, or other material, used in museums for holding wet (alcoholic) specimens when these are overhauled for study, etc. Similar trays are used for ova in fish-culture, for many chemical operations, in photography, etc.
  • n. A hod.
  • n. A hurdle.
  • n. Trouble; annoyance; anger.
  • n. Deceit; stratagem.
  • n. Same as trey.
  • n. The third branch, snag, or point of a deer's antler.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an open receptacle for holding or displaying or serving articles or food


Middle English, from Old English trēg.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English traye, treie, from Old English trega ("misfortune, misery, trouble, grief, pain"), from Proto-Germanic *tregô, *mourning, from Proto-Indo-European *dregʰ- (“unwilling, sullen, slack”). Cognate with Icelandic tregi ("sorrow, grief"), Gothic  (trigo, "grief"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English trayen, treien, from Old English tregian ("to trouble, harass, vex"), from Proto-Germanic *tregōnan (“to become tedious, become lazy, sadden”), from Proto-Indo-European *dregʰ- (“unwilling, sullen, slack”). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English treye, from Old English trēġ, trīġ, from Proto-Germanic *traujan (“wooden vessel”), from Proto-Indo-European *drAuk-, *drAuḱ- (“a kind of vessel”), from *dóru (“tree”). Cognate with Old Norse treyja ("carrier"), Old Swedish trø ("wooden grain measure"), Low German Treechel ("dough trough"), Ancient Greek  (drouítē, "tub, vat"), Sanskrit  (droṇa, "trough"). More at tree. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English trayen, from Old French trair ("to betray"), from Latin tradō ("hand over, betray"). More at betray. (Wiktionary)



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