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Trey \Trey\, n. [OF. treis three, F. trois, L. tres. See Three, and cf. Tray-trip.] Three, at cards, dice, or dominoes; a card, die, or domino of three spots or pips.

Seven is my chance and thine is cinq and trey.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "card, die, or domino with three spots," from Anglo-French, Old French treis (Modern French trois), oblique case of treie "three," from Latin tria (neuter) "three" (see three). In slang use for "three (of anything)" from 1887.


n. 1 (context slang English) A playing card with the rank of three. 2 A score of three in cards, dice, or dominoes. 3 (context US Canada basketball informal English) A three-pointer. 4 (context informal English) The third bearer of the same personal name in a family, often denoted by suffixed Roman numeral III.

  1. n. the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one [syn: three, 3, III, trio, threesome, tierce, leash, troika, triad, trine, trinity, ternary, ternion, triplet, tercet, terzetto, deuce-ace]

  2. one of four playing cards in a deck having three pips


A trey is a three in playing cards, dice, or dominoes, similar to the more familiar ace for one and deuce for two. It comes from Old French treis, meaning three. It is also a common nickname for those who are the third of their name. For example, it is William Henry ("Bill") Gates III's family nickname.

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Usage examples of "trey".

There, was one bloke in my group, Trey, who was so hyper and revved up that he ended up doing everything the wrong way around.

Gap, attesting to his apprehension of Trey in the act of shoplifting last June.

Trey teased lightly, sliding down a fraction on the pillows piled behind his head.

Philip never confessed it, but he had settled for the bleak comfort of hopelessness the moment the voice of a WMTG newsreader coming from the portable radio on his desk had distracted his attention from an elaborate doodle with the announcement that a third name had been definitively added to that of Shane Auslander and Trey Wilk.

Trey, their deerhound, whined and pushed at their legs, but they barely noticed.

Trey long to purchase the flour and sugar, adding to his order some chewing tobbaco for Jiggers and a box of cheroots for his friend Matt Carlton.

Trey dashed his wash water onto a patch of brush and then settled down in front of the cookfire to watch Jiggers stir up a batch of skillet-bread dough.

When Jiggers banged on a pan a few hours later, announcing that breakfast was ready, Trey was tempted to leave the herd and ride with Lacey to the ranch.

Trey pushed the worrisome thoughts from his mind when he heard Jiggers making waking-up noises.

As Trey laid Lacey on the ground a safe distance away from the burning buildings, Jiggers came thundering up.

One spring day when Trey and his mother were riding into Marengo to pick up some supplies, they discovered why Bull had hoarded his money all these years.

She lay staring into the darkness, telling herself that when spring came and she left Marengo, Trey would be happy about her leaving.

Trey Huntington was behind the Avengers, but no one would ever come right out and say so.

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It was certainly odd that the one the Fagan woman had seen should present three spots so like those on the other paper, but people did sometimes throw treys at backgammon, and that which not rarely happened with two dice of six faces might happen if they had sixty or six hundred faces.