- a wicker basket, canvas bag, etc. for holding fish, often worn over the shoulder by a person who fishes
- a basketlike cage for trapping fish, shellfish, etc.
- a frame or rack for holding the bobbins or spools in spinning or weaving
Origin of creelMiddle English crel ; from Old French graïl: see griddle
- A wicker basket, especially one used by anglers for carrying fish.
- A frame for holding bobbins or spools in a spinning machine.
Origin of creelMiddle English crel, from Old French *creille, latticework, from Latin crat&imacron;cula, gridiron, diminutive of cratis, wickerwork.
Uncertain. Possibly from Middle English crele, from a Old French root *creille, variant of greille (cf. French grille), from Latin crāticula. The English word may also have been of Scottish origin originally.