- a large basket or hamper of wickerwork, or a box or case made of slats of wood, for packing things to be shipped or stored
- a box or case with wire or slatted sides, as for confining an animal
- Slang an old, decrepit automobile or airplane
Origin of crateClassical Latin cratis, wickerwork, hurdle ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kert-, to weave from source hurdle
- a. A container, such as a slatted wooden case, used for storing or shipping.b. A container, usually of plastic, metal, or wood, used to house or transport an animal.
- Slang An old rickety vehicle, especially a decrepit automobile or aircraft.
transitive verbcrat·ed, crat·ing, crates
- To pack into a container, such as a slatted wooden case.
- To put (an animal) into a crate.
Origin of crateLatin cratis, wickerwork.
(third-person singular simple present crates, present participle crating, simple past and past participle crated)
- To put into a crate.
- To keep in a crate.
From Dutch krat (“crate, large box, basket”), from Middle Dutch cratte (“basketware, mold”), from Old Dutch *kratta, *kratto (“basket”), from Proto-Germanic *kratjô, *krattijô (“basket”), from Proto-Indo-European *gred-, *gre(n)t- (“plaiting, wicker, basket, cradle”), from Proto-Indo-European *ger- (“to bind, twist, wind”). Cognate with West Frisian kret (“wheelbarrow”), German Krätze (“basket”), Old English cræt, ceart (“cart, wagon, chariot”), Old Norse kartr (“wagon”). More at cart.