bas·​ket | \ ˈba-skit How to pronounce basket (audio) , British also ˈbäs- \

Definition of basket

1a : a receptacle made of interwoven material (such as osiers)
b : any of various lightweight usually wood containers
c : the quantity contained in a basket
2 : something that resembles a basket especially in shape or use
3a : a net open at the bottom and suspended from a metal ring that constitutes the goal in basketball
b : a field goal in basketball
4a : an aggregate of values (as of selected currencies) the average of which serves as a monetary standard
b : a selection of financial instruments (such as equities, futures, or options) the values of which reflect market fluctuations
5 : a ring around the lower end of a ski pole that keeps the pole from sinking too deep in snow

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Other Words from basket

basketlike \ ˈba-​skit-​ˌlīk How to pronounce basketlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of basket in a Sentence

They brought their lunch in a picnic basket. His shot missed the basket completely.
Recent Examples on the Web Cook, tossing the squash in the basket once halfway through cooking, until blistered and caramelized all over. cleveland, "Summer squash reaches its peak in the air fryer," 8 July 2020 Miss Gulch was the Wicked Witch's Kansas analogue, who took Toto away in her bicycle basket - a total Karen move. Hank Stuever, Anchorage Daily News, "Who’s the most galling, captivating character on our screens this summer? It’s ‘Karen’ - and she’s everywhere," 4 July 2020 Many viewed a video of a woman at Trader Joe's in North Hollywood, California, throw down her grocery basket after being asked to wear a mask, according to CNN affiliate ABC7. Kyung Lah, CNN, "'Exhausted' by conflicts over guests refusing to wear masks, a popular taco spot in Los Angeles temporarily closed its doors," 29 June 2020 The vegan döner bowl, which is the same ingredients served on a bed of rice, and the döner basket, döner ingredients served on fries, both will have falafel and the vegan sauce. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "One of metro Detroit's popular food joints now offers vegan options," 23 June 2020 The non-stick basket can accommodate approximately a dozen chicken wings or a pound of fries, and is dishwasher safe. Popular Science, "These air fryers deliver crispy food with none of the oil," 22 June 2020 The non-stick ceramic basket, crisper plate, and rack are all dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Top-Rated Air Fryer Is on Sale Today Only on Amazon," 12 June 2020 Previously, this company that has thrived on shrewdness, innovation, and count-on-it quality had put all its eggs in the passenger-car basket. Steve Spence, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1997 Honda CR-V Launches Honda into the SUV Race," 9 June 2020 Food remains safely inside the basket, while juices drain out through the perforations. Mark Heim |, al, "Father’s Day deals offer savings on grills, accessories, meat," 3 June 2020

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First Known Use of basket

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of basket was in the 13th century

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27 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Basket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce basket (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of basket

: a container usually made by weaving together long thin pieces of material
: the amount contained in a basket
: a net hanging from a thin metal ring that the ball must go through in order to score points


bas·​ket | \ ˈba-skit How to pronounce basket (audio) \

Kids Definition of basket

1 : a container usually made by weaving together materials (as reeds, straw, or strips of wood)
2 : the contents of a basket a basket of berries
3 : a net hanging from a metal ring through which a ball is shot in basketball
4 : a shot that scores in basketball

Other Words from basket

basketlike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

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