plural Cree or Crees : a member of an Algonquian-speaking First Nations people of Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan
: the Algonquian language of the Cree people

Examples of Cree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some draw a distinction between being adopted into a Cree family under tribal law and customs, being granted citizenship to a First Nation and having Indigenous ancestry. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2023 The Sister, Sister alum, 45, stepped out on the spookiest day of the year with daughter Cairo, 5, and son Cree, 12, sharing a peek at her night on Instagram. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 2 Nov. 2023 Two years ago the Chippewa Cree of the Rocky Boy reservation celebrated the return of bison to tribal lands in north-central Montana. Andrew McKean, Outdoor Life, 26 Oct. 2023 The actors share a son Cree, 12, and a daughter Cairo, 5. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 7 Oct. 2023 But diet and lifestyle shifts are hugely important in treating PCOS, says Dr. Cree. Fiorella Valdesolo, Vogue, 21 Sep. 2023 Dancing with her oldest child, Cree! Mowry has no shame in her game regarding busting a move and encourages her 11-year-old Cree to dance with her often. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 12 Sep. 2023 Camille Beauvais was French Canadian and his wife, Laurette, was Cree and French Canadian, a Métis. Norimitsu Onishi, New York Times, 19 July 2023 Almost 1,200 vulnerable people from Cree communities are among the evacuees who have fled northern Quebec because of wildfires and smoke. Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 30 June 2023 See More

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Word History


Canadian French Cris, plural, short for Cristinaux, from Ojibwa dialect kirištino·, singular, member of a band living south of James Bay

First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cree was in 1760

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Cite this Entry

“Cree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


plural Cree or Crees
: a member of an American Indian people of Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan

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