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

  • n. A tray for holding a tea service.

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  • n. A tray, usually ornate and made of metal, sometimes of silver, for holding a tea service.

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

  • n. a tray that accommodates a tea service


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  • There was a discreet knock on the door; Cardinal Vittorio sat silently and watched the tea tray being carried to a buhl table.

    The Thorn Birds

  • Only then, with the morning sun peeping between the curtains, did I feel able to take stock of my well-appointed room, which harmoniously combined traditional with modern, including a mirrored dressing table complete with old-style electric typewriter and A4 paper, chest of drawers and armoire, plus trouser-press and early-morning tea tray with plastic kettle and Shaker rocking chair.

    the mission song

  • Markins, with precisely the correct shade of deferential concern, was setting out a tea tray with drinks.

    Died in the Wool

  • The following evening, after dinner, LuLing presented Ruth with a large tea tray filled with smooth wet sand gathered from the playground at school.

    The Bonesetter's Daughter

  • "With her betrothed," Lady Newton said, indicating her eldest daughter, who was sitting behind the tea tray across the room, a thin young man at her side.

    Snow Angels

  • She looked like a child when her hand came away, hair tousled, pink-faced, and wrapped in an oversized robe — again Holmes was struck by how thin she was looking, and pushed away the urge to retrieve the tea tray with its sticky sweets.

    Locked Rooms


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