[ bas-kit, bah-skit ]
/ ˈbæs kɪt, ˈbɑ skɪt /


Nearby words

  1. basisphenoid,
  2. basivertebral vein,
  3. bask,
  4. baskerville,
  5. baskerville, john,
  6. basket case,
  7. basket catch,
  8. basket cell,
  9. basket chair,
  10. basket clause

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 formsbas·ket·like, adjectiveun·bas·ket·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for basket

British Dictionary definitions for basket


/ (ˈbɑːskɪt) /


Word Origin for basket

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with basket


In addition to the idiom beginning with basket

  • basket case

also see:

  • put all one's eggs in one basket
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