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[bas-kit, bah-skit] /ˈbæs kɪt, ˈbɑ skɪt/
a container made of twigs, rushes, thin strips of wood, or other flexible material woven together.
a container made of pieces of thin veneer, used for packing berries, vegetables, etc.
the amount contained in a basket; a basketful:
to pick a basket of apples.
anything like a basket in shape or use:
He never empties my wastepaper basket.
any group of things or different things grouped as a unit; a package; package deal:
You can't buy the single stock; you have to take the basket—all companies, stocks and bonds.
the car or gondola suspended beneath a balloon, as for carrying passengers or scientific instruments into the atmosphere.
  1. an open net suspended from a metal rim attached to the backboard and through which the ball must pass in order for a player to score points.
  2. a score, counting two for a field goal and one for a free throw.
Also called snow ring. Skiing. a ring strapped to the base of a ski pole to limit penetration of the pole in the snow.
Slang: Vulgar. the male genitals, especially when outlined by a tight-fitting garment.
Origin of basket
1250-1300; Middle English basket(te) < early Romance *baskauta (> French dialect bâchot, bachou wooden or interwoven vessel, Old High German baskiza box) < Latin bascauda basin, perhaps < British Celtic
Related forms
basketlike, adjective
unbasketlike, adjective Unabridged
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  • She, carrying the babies, drugged with paregoric, in a basket on her arm.

  • Two puppies were carried in a basket, one of which the Princess accepted as a gift.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • One of the women's headbands slipped and the basket swung sideways.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • They returned home just as it was growing dark, laden with basket and portmanteau.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • Who is it that has taken the fruit from the basket of your uncle the canon?

British Dictionary definitions for basket


a container made of interwoven strips of pliable materials, such as cane, straw, thin wood, or plastic, and often carried by means of a handle or handles
Also called basketful. the amount a basket will hold
something resembling such a container in appearance or function, such as the structure suspended from a balloon
  1. an open horizontal metal hoop fixed to the backboard, through which a player must throw the ball to score points
  2. a point or points scored in this way
a group or collection of similar of related things: a basket of currencies
(informal) a euphemism for (offensive) bastard (sense 1), bastard (sense 2)
the list of items an internet shopper chooses to buy at one time from a website: add these items to your basket
Word Origin
C13: probably from Old Northern French baskot (unattested), from Latin bascauda basketwork holder, of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for basket

early 13c., from Anglo-French bascat, origin obscure despite much speculation. On one theory from Latin bascauda "kettle, table-vessel," said by the Roman poet Martial to be from Celtic British and perhaps cognate with Latin fascis "bundle, faggot," in which case it probably originally meant "wicker basket." But OED frowns on this, and there is no evidence of such a word in Celtic unless later words in Irish and Welsh, counted as borrowings from English, are original.

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Slang definitions & phrases for basket



  1. The pit of the stomach; breadbasket: a blow flush in the basket (late 1800s+)
  2. The male genitals, esp when prominently displayed in tight pants: the yogis had baskets (1940s+ Homosexuals)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with basket


In addition to the idiom beginning with basket also see: put all one's eggs in one basket
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