- 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
- 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 uncrate
"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.