Meaning of BASKET in English


bas ‧ ket S3 /ˈbɑːskət, ˈbɑːskɪt $ ˈbæ-/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Origin: Probably from an unrecorded Old North French baskot , from Latin bascauda 'bowl for washing dishes' ]

1 . a container made of thin pieces of plastic, wire, or wood woven together, used to carry things or put things in:

a shopping basket

a basket full of vegetables

clothes/laundry basket (=for dirty clothes)

2 . a net with a hole at the bottom, attached to a metal ring, through which the ball is thrown in ↑ basketball

make/shoot a basket (=to throw the ball through the basket)

3 . technical the average or total value of a number of different goods or CURRENCIES

⇨ put all your eggs in one basket at ↑ egg 1 (6), ⇨ ↑ wastepaper basket

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning )

■ types of basket

▪ a wastepaper/waste basket (=for paper you throw away)

He threw her letter in the wastepaper basket.

▪ a laundry/clothes basket (=for dirty clothes)

Will you please put your socks in the laundry basket?

▪ a shopping basket

She paid for the apples and put them in her shopping basket.

▪ a picnic basket

We took a picnic basket and a rug.

▪ a bread basket (=for serving bread)

There was a bread basket on the table.

▪ a fruit basket (=containing fruits)

He had a fruit basket sent up to her hotel room.

▪ a hanging basket (=for putting plants in and hanging outside)

All the shops had hanging baskets outside their doors.

▪ a wicker basket (=made from the hard stems of a plant)

She stores her vegetables in pretty wicker baskets.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.