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.

1275–1325; Middle English crele, of uncertain origin Unabridged
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creel (kriːl)
1.  a wickerwork basket, esp one used to hold fish
2.  a wickerwork trap for catching lobsters, etc
3.  the framework on a spinning machine that holds the bobbins
4.  dialect (West Yorkshire) a wooden frame suspended from a ceiling, used for drying clothes
[C15: from Scottish, of obscure origin]

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early 15c., of unknown origin, originally Scottish.
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Example sentences
Creel clerks are able to directly observe caught species.
Two creel clerks were employed to interview anglers at nine boats ramps throughout the season.
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