noun bas·ket \ˈbas-kit, British also ˈbäs-\

: a container usually made by weaving together long thin pieces of material

: the amount contained in a basket

basketball : a net hanging from a thin metal ring that the ball must go through in order to score points

Full Definition of BASKET

a :  a receptacle made of interwoven material (as osiers)
b :  any of various lightweight usually wood containers
c :  the quantity contained in a basket
:  something that resembles a basket especially in shape or use
a :  a net open at the bottom and suspended from a metal ring that constitutes the goal in basketball
b :  a field goal in basketball
a :  an aggregate of values (as of selected currencies) the average of which serves as a monetary standard
b :  a selection of financial instruments (as equities, futures, or options) the values of which reflect market fluctuations
:  a ring around the lower end of a ski pole that keeps the pole from sinking too deep in snow
bas·ket·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of BASKET

  1. They brought their lunch in a picnic basket.
  2. His shot missed the basket completely.

Origin of BASKET

Middle English, from Anglo-French; akin to Old French baschoue wooden vessel; both from Latin bascauda kind of basin, of Celtic origin; akin to Middle Irish basc necklace — more at fascia
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with BASKET

BASKET Defined for Kids


noun bas·ket \ˈba-skit\

Definition of BASKET for Kids

:  a container usually made by weaving together materials (as reeds, straw, or strips of wood)
:  the contents of a basket <a basket of berries>
:  a net hanging from a metal ring through which a ball is shot in basketball
:  a shot that scores in basketball
bas·ket·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective
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