a slatted wooden box or framework for packing, shopping, or storing fruit, furniture, glassware, crockery, etc.
any completely enclosed boxlike packing or shipping case.
Informal. something rickety and dilapidated, especially an automobile:
They’re still driving around in the old crate they bought 20 years ago.
a quantity, especially of fruit, that is often packed in a crate approximately 2 × 1 × 1 foot (0.6 × 0.3 × 0.3 meters):
a crate of oranges.
verb (used with object), crated, crating.
to pack in a crate.
a fairly large container, usually made of wooden slats or wickerwork, used for packing, storing, or transporting goods
(slang) an old car, aeroplane, etc
(transitive) to pack or place in a crate


A car, bus, airplane, etc, esp an old rickety one •Seems to have been used for airplanes before cars; this may be because early airplanes were literally wooden and cloth crates: A ”crate” is a ”junker” with one surge left (1920+)
A jail (1920s+ Hoboes)


To arrest and jail: We crate Major and they’ll go. But they won’t leave him there (1990s+)


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