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A fishwife with a creel and a basket


From Middle English crele, possibly from an Old French root *creille, variant of greille (compare French grille), from Latin crāticula. Alternatively, this word may have originally been of Scottish origin.


  • IPA(key): /kɹiːl/
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  • Rhymes: -iːl


creel (plural creels)

  1. A woven basket, especially a wicker basket and especially as follows:
    1. (fishing) An osier basket that anglers use to hold fish.
      • 1897, William Henley, In Fisherrow:
        Her great creel forehead-slung, she wanders nigh,
        Easing the heavy strap with gnarled, brown fingers
    2. (chiefly historical) Such a basket slung as a backpack for cargo, especially in times and places with limited or nonexistent wheeled transport, as for example among peasants in mountainous regions.
      1. (chiefly historical) Such a basket slung on a pack animal; a pannier.
  2. (textile making) A bar or set of bars with skewers for holding paying-off bobbins, as in the roving machine, throstle, and mule.

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creel (third-person singular simple present creels, present participle creeling, simple past and past participle creeled)

  1. (transitive) To place (fish) in a creel.