Uncertain. Possibly from Middle English crele, from a Old French root *creille, variant of greille (compare French grille), from Latin crāticula. The English word may also have been of Scottish origin originally.
creel (plural creels)
- (fishing) An osier basket, such as 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
- A bar or set of bars with skewers for holding paying-off bobbins, as in the roving machine, throstle, and mule.
- (transitive) To place (fish) in a creel.