Definition of crate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kreɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kreɪt//
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  1. 1a large wooden container for transporting goods a crate of bananas
  2. 2a container made of plastic or metal divided into small sections, for transporting or storing bottles a beer crate
  3. 3the amount of something contained in a crate They drank two crates of beer.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: perhaps related to Dutch krat ‘tailboard of a wagon’, earlier ‘box of a coach’, of unknown origin.Extra examples Their possessions had all been packed into shipping crates. They packed the books into the crates. They stacked the crates in the corner of the yard. a company specializing in shipping crates a crate of oranges An old man was sitting on an upturned beer crate. The spider was found hiding in a crate of bananas.
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