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


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creeled; creeling; creels

transitive verb

: to put (caught fish) in a creel

Examples of creel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Be sure to check each state’s regulations (linked below) for season dates, creel limits, and other restrictions on equipment and legal waterbodies. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 15 Nov. 2023 Above it, the chippy shelf holds additional finds, including a fishing creel. Kelly Ryan Kegans, Country Living, 23 Aug. 2023 Smart Storage: Cutlery Caddy A wicker fishing creel filled with napkins and flatware makes for a handy grab-and-go serving piece. Anna Logan, Country Living, 11 Aug. 2023 The daily creel limits remain in effect no matter how many flounder or shrimp or crabs are vulnerable to the taking. David Rainer Alabama Department Of Conservation and Natural Resources, al, 10 Aug. 2023 At 62, Robinson is a scuba instructor and the owner of ZooKeeper, which makes a sort of underwater creel for safely storing lionfish during dives and sponsors lionfish derbies across the state. Rayna O’Nan, Outdoor Life, 5 July 2023 That fish was put in the creel. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 Dec. 2021 For a fresh twist on a floral wreath, gather a cluster in a vintage fishing creel (lined with plastic and a wet floral foam base to keep pieces secure), and hang on your front door. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 22 Feb. 2023 In both states, there are many and varied regulations regarding size, creel and methods for catching trout. Jim Gronaw, Baltimore Sun, 27 Mar. 2022

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Word History



Middle English creille, crele

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of creel was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Creel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a basket for holding a catch of fish

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