Meaning of “tray” in the English Dictionary

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"tray" in British English

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traynoun [ C ]

uk /treɪ/ us /treɪ/

B2 a flat object, usually with raised edges, used for carrying food and drinks:

She was carrying a tray of drinks.

mainly UK a flat, open container with raised edges that you put on your desk for keeping papers in:

She put the letter in your intray.
I don't know where I put that article - it must be in the bottom of my tray.
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  • He laid the tray down on the table.
  • First rub the baking tray well with butter.
  • There's a tray under each tap to catch the beer slops.
  • "Oh, you're a sweetheart, " she said, when I placed the breakfast tray on her lap.
  • "Watch out!" he shouted, but it was too late - she had knocked the whole tray of drinks on the floor.

(Definition of “tray” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tray" in American English

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traynoun [ C ]

us /treɪ/

a flat container, usually with slightly raised edges, for carrying food and drinks:

She set the tray down between them.

(Definition of “tray” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)