\ 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 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 There is no minimum size or creel limit, and they can be harvested year-round., "Digest: Mechanicsville's Fox catches record snakehead in Charles County," 1 June 2018 The data has produced high quality information on population estimates, growth information, size-structure data and creel censuses of harvest, Rypel said. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Researchers document walleye decline in Wisconsin waters," 9 May 2018 Be aware that on January 1, 2018, the Department of Parks, Wildlife, and Tourism increased the Wiper creel limit to five per day, up from two per day. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "The 2018 KC Star Fishing Preview: If you want to catch fish, here's the scoop | The Kansas City Star," 16 Mar. 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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The first known use of creel was in the 14th century

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“Creel.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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