\ 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 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, "Smith: Shore fishing for bluegills takes on a new shine," 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, "Oil train conversion, sit-in anniversary, Healing Garden expansion: News from around our 50 states," 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, "The 'no-harvest' rules for Minocqua Chain walleye are likely to extend for a sixth year," 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, "Fly Fishing Is the New Bird-Watching," 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, "Can You Spot All the Bunnies in this Cottage?," 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, "Fishing report: Catfish action picking up in Kansas, Missouri lakes," 11 July 2018 To collect solid data on snapper harvest, TPWD will be conducting its regular dockside creel and angler surveys, Robinson said, and crunching that data weekly to get a running tally of how many pounds of snapper Texas private-boat anglers land. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Red snapper season gains length this year," 31 May 2018 The walleye length limit is 21-inches with a 2/day creel limit. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Nineteen-pound channel cat caught at Wyandotte," 6 June 2018

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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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“Creel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of creel

: a basket that is used for carrying fish that have just been caught


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Kids Definition of creel

: a basket for holding caught fish

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