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[kreel] /kril/
a wickerwork basket worn on the back or suspended from the shoulder, used especially by anglers for carrying fish.
a basket made of wicker or other material, for holding fish, lobsters, etc.
a trap for fish, lobsters, etc., especially one made of wicker.
a framework, especially one for holding bobbins in a spinning machine.
Origin of creel
1275-1325; Middle English crele, of uncertain origin Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for creel
Historical Examples
  • He gathers up the straps of Dick's creel, and turns to the shadow for your own.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • The spools from the spooler are placed on a large frame, called a creel.

  • He had been drawing on his waders and buckling on his creel.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • "Let us try again," said Civil, as he set his creel of mackerel in the boat.

    Granny's Wonderful Chair Frances Browne
  • “Granny will have her creel full to sell to-morrow,” he thought.

    Michael Penguyne William H. G. Kingston
  • You had better let me take your creel, Nelly; it will be nothing to me.

    Michael Penguyne William H. G. Kingston
  • I wanted you to take off that creel and have a turn with me.

    Michael Penguyne William H. G. Kingston
  • Didn't I desire you to fill the creel to the top, and above it?'

  • It would be putting adders in the creel wi the eggs if ye did na.

    The Entail

    John Galt
  • I had no net, no creel, therefore had to lead my trout into my hand.

    Fishing With The Fly Charles F. Orvis and Others
British Dictionary definitions for creel


a wickerwork basket, esp one used to hold fish
a wickerwork trap for catching lobsters, etc
the framework on a spinning machine that holds the bobbins
(West Yorkshire, dialect) a wooden frame suspended from a ceiling, used for drying clothes
Word Origin
C15: from Scottish, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for creel

early 14c., originally Scottish, of unknown origin. Perhaps related to Middle French crille "latticework."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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