Tray

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Meaning and Origin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Tray
To betray; to deceive.

Etymology: OF. traïr, F. trahir, L. tradere. See Traitor

noun Tray
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  1. 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.
  2. A flat, broad vessel on which dishes, glasses, etc., are carried; a waiter; a salver.
  3. A shallow box, generally without a top, often used within a chest, trunk, box, etc., as a removable receptacle for small or light articles.

Etymology: OE. treye, AS. treg. Cf. Trough

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  1. An open receptacle for holding or displaying or serving articles or food
Wiktionary

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 𐍄𐍂𐌹𐌲𐍉 (trigo, “grief”).

  1. (obsolete) Trouble; annoyance; anger.

From Middle English trayen, treien, from Old English tregian (“to trouble, harass, vex”), from Proto-Germanic *tregōną (“to become tedious, become lazy, sadden”), from Proto-Indo-European *dregʰ- (“unwilling, sullen, slack”).

From Middle English treye, from Old English trēġ, trīġ (“wooden board, tray”), from Proto-Germanic *trawją (“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 δρουίτη (drouítē, “tub, vat”), Sanskrit द्रोण (droṇa, “trough”). More at tree.

  1. A small, typically rectangular or round, flat, rigid object upon which things are carried.
    I carefully arranged the dishes on the and brought it upstairs.
  2. A flat carrier for items being transported.
    Make sure that of eggs is properly loaded.
  3. The items on a full tray.
    Before long they had consumed a whole of shrimp cocktails and sent for another.
  4. A component of a device into which an item is placed for use in the device's operations.
    The CD will not open.
    The loader is responsible for placing the work on the for the plating machines.
  5. (computing, graphical user interface, informal)  A notification area used for icons and alerts.

From Middle English trayen, from Old French trair (“to betray”), from Latin tradō (“hand over, betray”). More at betray.

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    Tray was born in 1885. He passed away in 1966.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Tray

    Jim Tray was a baseball. Jim was born on February 14th, 1860 in Jackson, Michigan. He left this life on July 28th, 1905.

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    How popular is the baby name Tray in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1959 7 0 7
    1960 5 0 5
    1961 6 0 6
    1963 11 0 11
    1964 18 0 18
    1965 16 0 16
    1966 14 0 14
    1967 12 0 12
    1968 20 0 20
    1969 22 0 22
    1970 16 0 16
    1971 12 0 12
    1972 19 0 19
    1973 12 0 12
    1974 7 0 7
    1975 16 0 16
    1976 11 0 11
    1977 10 0 10
    1978 15 0 15
    1979 18 0 18
    1980 13 0 13
    1981 9 0 9
    1982 28 0 28
    1983 35 0 35
    1984 33 0 33
    1985 38 0 38
    1986 28 0 28
    1987 41 0 41
    1988 28 0 28
    1989 33 0 33
    1990 40 0 40
    1991 38 0 38
    1992 80 0 80
    1993 83 0 83
    1994 58 0 58
    1995 53 0 53
    1996 36 0 36
    1997 44 0 44
    1998 58 0 58
    1999 46 0 46
    2000 36 0 36
    2001 26 0 26
    2002 28 0 28
    2003 36 0 36
    2004 26 0 26
    2005 27 0 27
    2006 24 0 24
    2007 26 0 26
    2008 20 0 20
    2009 25 0 25
    2010 16 0 16
    2011 13 0 13
    2012 14 0 14
    2013 15 0 15
    2014 16 0 16
    2015 7 0 7
    2016 11 0 11
    2017 12 0 12

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Tray U.S.
      White 74.74% 64.26%
      African American 7.73% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 11.60% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.84% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Tray

    People with the last name Tray are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Tray

    • How Popular is the name Tray? Tray is the 8,249th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tray was the 53,316th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Tray have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,467 babies born with the first name Tray in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tray to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tray? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1959 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
    • When was Tray first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tray is Friday, August 2nd, 1895.
    • What year had the most people named Tray born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tray was in 1993 with a total of 83 babies.
    • Random Tray Factoid: According to the 1995 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tray is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1995.
    • Weird things about the name Tray: Your name in reverse order is Yart. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yrat. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Tray? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 388 people with the last name Tray.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tray? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Tray as their last name since less than 1 person in 769k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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