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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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  • "Nine ounces and fourteen ounces, larger than I thought they were," said Cal, as he placed them in his creel.

    Chiquita, an American Novel Merrill Tileston
  • "Let us try again," said Civil, as he set his creel of mackerel in the boat.

    Granny's Wonderful Chair Frances Browne
  • I wanted you to take off that creel and have a turn with me.

    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
  • He looked at the quiet stream, at the drooping willows, at the fish rod in his master's hand, and at the creel.

    The Golf Course Mystery Chester K. Steele
  • The spools from the spooler are placed on a large frame, called a creel.

  • His life will be the pleasanter for the interest he takes in theirs, and the skill he acquires in bringing them to bag and creel.

    In New England Fields and Woods Rowland E. Robinson
  • Didn't I desire you to fill the creel to the top, and above it?'

  • Our friend would beat most opponents in a casting tournament, but I would back many that I know against him in filling a creel.

    Chats on Angling H. V. Hart-Davis
  • It would be putting adders in the creel wi the eggs if ye did na.

    The Entail John Galt
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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