|Origin:||hanaper 'case for holding cups' (13-19 centuries), from Old French hanap 'cup'|
1DLO British English
a basket with a lid, which is used for carrying food or sending it to someone as a present:
a picnic hamper
They sent us a lovely Christmas hamper.
2 American EnglishDHC
a large basket that you put dirty clothes in until they can be washed [= laundry basket British English]