- 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
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Examples from the Web for creel
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.The Fabric of Civilization
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
You had better let me take your creel, Nelly; it will be nothing to me.Michael Penguyne
William H. G. Kingston
- 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
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."
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