Etymology
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basket (n.)

early 13c., from Anglo-French bascat; of obscure origin despite much speculation. On one theory, it is from Latin bascauda "kettle, table-vessel," said by the Roman poet Martial to be from Celtic British and perhaps cognate with Latin fascis "bundle, faggot," in which case it probably originally meant "wicker basket." But OED frowns on this, and there is no evidence of such a word in Celtic unless later words in Irish and Welsh, sometimes counted as borrowings from English, are original. As "a goal in the game of basketball," 1892; as "a score in basketball," by 1898.

updated on May 02, 2018

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Definitions of basket from WordNet

basket (n.)
a container that is usually woven and has handles;
Synonyms: handbasket
basket (n.)
the quantity contained in a basket;
Synonyms: basketful
basket (n.)
horizontal circular metal hoop supporting a net through which players try to throw the basketball;
Synonyms: basketball hoop / hoop
basket (n.)
a score in basketball made by throwing the ball through the hoop;
Synonyms: field goal
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