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

basket

noun
     
basket
Related topics: Household, Other Sports
bas‧ket S3 [countable]
1DH 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)
2DSO 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 egg1 (6), wastepaper basket

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