\ ˈkrēl How to pronounce creel (audio) \

Definition of creel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a wicker basket (as for carrying newly caught fish)
2 : a bar with skewers for holding bobbins in a spinning machine


creeled; creeling; creels

Definition of creel (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to put (caught fish) in a creel

Examples of creel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In both states, there are many and varied regulations regarding size, creel and methods for catching trout. Jim Gronaw, Baltimore Sun, 27 Mar. 2022 This year’s edition will include a creel full of angling content, too, from vendors with the latest gear to seminars by leading experts to fishing lodges and guide services. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Mar. 2022 Wisconsin creel surveys have shown anglers have a clear preference for larger panfish, keeping most bluegills longer than 6 inches and most crappies longer than 8. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 May 2020 Some of the bigger proposals included lengthening the spring turkey-hunting season, changing smallmouth-bass fishing regulations along the New River, expanding nighttime hunting for coyotes and imposing a creel limit on panfish. USA TODAY, 25 Feb. 2020 Creel clerk jobs The Wisconsin DNR Lake Michigan/Green Bay Fisheries program is hiring six limited-term fisheries technicians to perform creel surveys this year. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Jan. 2020 Newcomers may require waders, vests, tackle boxes, rods, reels, creels, flies and perhaps even fly-tying equipment. Alexandra Marvar, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2019 The wife’s parents are deer, a grandfather is a fox, and leaping trout, rods, and creels suggest the family’s avocation of fly-fishing. Jorge Arango, House Beautiful, 22 May 2019 There is a 25 to 35-inch protective slot limit with daily creel limit of five per day with no more than two 35 inches and longer. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, 11 July 2018 See More

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First Known Use of creel


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for creel


Middle English creille, crele

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5 Apr 2022

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“Creel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of creel

: a basket for holding caught fish

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