crea·​ture | \ ˈkrē-chər How to pronounce creature (audio) \

Definition of creature

1 : something created either animate or inanimate: such as
a : a lower animal especially : a farm animal
b : a human being
c : a being of anomalous or uncertain aspect or nature creatures of fantasy
2 : one that is the servile dependent or tool of another : instrument

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Other Words from creature

creatural \ ˈkrē-​chə-​rəl How to pronounce creature (audio) \ adjective
creaturehood \ ˈkrē-​chər-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce creature (audio) \ noun
creatureliness \ ˈkrē-​chər-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce creature (audio) \ noun
creaturely \ ˈkrē-​chər-​lē How to pronounce creature (audio) \ adjective

Examples of creature in a Sentence

rabbits, squirrels, and other furry creatures Few living creatures can survive without water. a giant hairy apelike creature She's a creature of rare beauty. A social creature by nature, he loves working with people. The poor creature had no way to get home.
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Recent Examples on the Web Of more than 40 species of this beloved creature in North America, half are said to be in decline. Washington Post, "New survey offers a glimmer of hope for declining native bee populations," 28 Apr. 2021 The goal in each expedition is to capture the best pictures possible of individual Pokémon to add to your Pokédex, an index of every creature. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Pokémon Snap for Nintendo Switch is almost here: The game designed to 'catch them all' is charming and laid back," 28 Apr. 2021 Second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides also tend to persist longer in the body of any creature unlucky enough to eat them. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Study Finds Rat Poison in Dead Eagles from Across the U.S.," 8 Apr. 2021 Even as the characters embodied different animals or puppets, the team wanted to ensure that the human aspect of each creature came through. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, "‘Pinocchio’ hair and makeup team creates a seamless blend of animals, humans, puppets," 22 Mar. 2021 Who would want to disturb the vital personal hygiene ritual of a creature with a wingspan of nine to 16 feet? Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "What's Worth a 38-Hour Airplane Marathon? A Cruise to Magical Raja Ampat.," 21 Feb. 2021 In fact, this story of a creature in the Han River also stars the leading man from Parasite, the wonderful Song Kang-ho. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 40 Best Horror Movies on Amazon Prime," 24 Jan. 2021 And while a new president is newsworthy, legislation that seems to acknowledge the existence of a mythical creature is arguably more significant. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Major New Legislation Calls for Bigfoot Hunting Season," 21 Jan. 2021 His wife felt the presence of a faceless creature pressing down on her side of bed. New York Times, "Can Robert Bigelow (and the Rest of Us) Survive Death?," 21 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of creature

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for creature

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Late Latin creātūra "act of bringing into being, something brought into being," from Latin creātus, past participle of creāre "to beget, give birth to, create entry 1" + -ūra

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The first known use of creature was in the 14th century

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7 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Creature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of creature

: an animal of any type
: an imaginary or very strange kind of animal
: a person usually of a specified type


crea·​ture | \ ˈkrē-chər How to pronounce creature (audio) \

Kids Definition of creature

1 : a lower animal
2 : person sense 1 You're the most selfish creature I've ever met.
3 : an imaginary or strange being The creature … was lurking somewhere in the castle …— J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets

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