Definition of creel in English:


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Pronunciation: /kriːl


  • 1A large wicker basket for holding fish.
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    • Most of the larger boats use single trawls while the smaller inshore vessels often fish by dropping creels in what supporters describe as a truly sustainable fishery.
    • I slipped the kokanee into a plastic bag, wishing that I hadn't lost the old wicker creel that was companion to Grandfather's cane fly rod, and our last fishing trip was over.
    • Planting those in my dear hubby's fishing creel will be a piece of cake.
  • 1.1An angler’s fishing basket.
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    • While prowling around in our cluttered attic, this fanciful fishing creel my hubby never uses anymore caught my eye.
    • A word about those creels: Successful anglers really do keep their catch here; fishing is so carefully restricted that there's no need for rigid catch-and-release regulations.
    • All turf was brought home with horse car and creel.
  • 2A rack holding bobbins or spools when spinning.
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    • He said he believed that dust had remained on the looms and yarn creels when the workers returned after the summer shutdown.


Middle English (in sense 1; originally Scots and northern English): of unknown origin. sense 2 dates from the mid 19th century.

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