cre·​a·​tor | \ krē-ˈā-tər How to pronounce creator (audio) \

Definition of creator

: one that creates usually by bringing something new or original into being especially, capitalized : god sense 1

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Examples of creator in a Sentence

the creator of the popular television show although some people see Freud as the creator of psychology, that isn't really true

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Technology discriminates against minorities and women because its creators are rarely part of these populations. Greses Perez, The Mercury News, "Opinion: How technology discriminates against half of our population," 16 Aug. 2019 SpongeBob SquarePants was instilled with its creator’s own buoyant spirit, capacity for silliness, and child’s-eye view of the world. Darryn King, Longreads, "The Young Man and the Sea Sponge," 13 Aug. 2019 He will be joined by his creator, children’s book author and illustrator Mo Willems, who promises to wear sequins and act silly. Vicky Hallett, Washington Post, "Mo Willems brings a little silliness into the Kennedy Center’s storied halls," 12 Aug. 2019 An American film set in China, The Farewell is, like its creator, a hybrid that is greater than the sum of its parts. Dallas News, "I'm not alone in my strange hunger: How 'The Farewell' reflects food and the Chinese-American family," 9 Aug. 2019 The shirt, which is black, features the same red-hued design as its hoodie counterpart, and the sleeves also include the same stitched nod to its creators. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Billie Eilish Collaborated with Siberia Hills on Hoodies and a Shirt," 8 Aug. 2019 Ultimately, though, that doesn't stand in the way of the home's intimacy, which its creators see as its best asset. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Jackson Hole Guest House Is an Alpine Dream," 7 Aug. 2019 What’s evident from the start is that its creators, who met while performing in an a cappella group at Harvard in the '90s, are music-obsessed. Cathy Applefeld Olson, Billboard, "Fictional Music Variety Show 'Sherman's Showcase' Comes to Life on IFC With John Legend, Common & More," 31 July 2019 Among physicists, the theory that accounted for the mysteries of superconductivity became known as the BCS theory, for its three creators: John Bardeen, Leon Neil Cooper, and Schrieffer. Martin Weil,, "John Robert Schrieffer, Nobel laureate who studied superconductivity, dead at 88," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of creator

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for creator

Middle English creatour, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French criator, creator, borrowed from Latin creātor "one who begets or brings into being," from creāre "to beget, give birth to, create entry 1" + -tor, agent suffix

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English Language Learners Definition of creator

: a person who makes something new


cre·​a·​tor | \ krē-ˈā-tər How to pronounce creator (audio) \

Kids Definition of creator

1 : someone that invents or produces
2 capitalized : god sense 1

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