- a slatted wooden box or framework for packing, shopping, or storing fruit, furniture, glassware, crockery, etc.
- any completely enclosed boxlike packing or shipping case.
- Informal. something rickety and dilapidated, especially an automobile: They're still driving around in the old crate they bought 20 years ago.
- a quantity, especially of fruit, that is often packed in a crate approximately 2 × 1 × 1 foot (0.6 × 0.3 × 0.3 meters): a crate of oranges.
- to pack in a crate.
Origin of crate
Examples from the Web for crate
A crate of the stuff arrived at the studio, compliments of the Plaza Athénée.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
I climbed into the crate—82 inches long, 26 inches wide, and 11.5 inches deep—in late October.Christie Bows to Iowa’s Pork Kings on Gestation Crates
November 29, 2014
It does have a competitive following on Pinterest (comparable to Wal-Mart and Crate & Barrel) which is important for retailers.Container Store Lets Loose in IPO
November 4, 2013
But I have news for House Republicans that may help them more than years of psychotherapy or a crate of Paxil: You may still win.Beware of Obamacare-Gate!
November 2, 2013
If those consumers get their hands on some money, they'll move upmarket to Crate and Barrel and Banana Republic.The Real Lesson of JC Penney: Sometimes, You're Stuck
April 11, 2013
At first she had insisted he take the crate out to his workshop.Weak on Square Roots
And he glanced at the crate that Westray was steadying with his hand on the opposite seat.The Nebuly Coat
John Meade Falkner
All my crate iteas will gome to me now for some dime in the night.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
When they had given up, I boomed orders at them through a speaker in the crate.The Repairman
It was from the summit of a crate of holly-wreaths that she telephoned this time.Peace on Earth, Good-will to Dogs
Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
- a fairly large container, usually made of wooden slats or wickerwork, used for packing, storing, or transporting goods
- slang an old car, aeroplane, etc
- (tr) to pack or place in a crate
Word Origin and History for crate
"large box," 1680s, earlier "hurdle, grillwork" (late 14c.), from Latin cratis "wickerwork, lattice, kitchen-rack," or from Dutch krat "basket;" both perhaps from a common PIE root *kert- "to turn, entwine" (see hurdle (n.)).
"to put in a crate," 1871, from crate (n.). Related: Crated; crating.