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 creatural (audio) \ adjective
creaturehood \ ˈkrē-​chər-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce creaturehood (audio) \ noun
creatureliness \ ˈkrē-​chər-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce creatureliness (audio) \ noun
creaturely \ ˈkrē-​chər-​lē How to pronounce creaturely (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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The type of care extended to these creatures in rural Syria, where domestic pets that are confined to the home are not as common, could be witnessed in their interactions with our American cat. Marlo Safi, National Review, "The American Art of Obsessing over Your Pets," 24 Aug. 2019 Striving to create a stronger, more flexible robot, researchers are turning to the tiny but mighty creatures of the world: insects. Kelly Mayes, Science | AAAS, "Watch a human try to crush this cockroach-inspired robot—and fail," 31 July 2019 In his 1974 book The Loch Ness Story, Nicholas Witchell also found other references to big creatures living in the lake. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Thousands Have 'Signed Up' to 'Storm Loch Ness' and Find 'That Big Boy.' Here's the History Behind the Mythical Sea Monster," 23 July 2019 The pair zip and zoom through galaxies, lending a helping hand to creatures in need and making new friends along the way. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Kaskade & Meghan Trainor Are Alien Superheroes in 'With You' Video: Watch," 8 July 2019 And few people have the time and energy to devote to such intelligent creatures, leaving many forgotten behind bars, their limbs and minds atrophied. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "One Casualty of the Palm Oil Industry: An Orangutan Mother, Shot 74 Times," 29 June 2019 The app displays its findings, its level of certainty and a link to the creature’s Wikipedia page. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Best Apps for Instantly Identifying Birds and Beasts," 27 June 2019 This technology uses red light that is undetectable to sea creatures but allows the pitch black ocean to be illuminated enough for researchers to spot elusive animals and discover new ones. Fox News, "Terrifying images show giant squid the size of a car caught on camera in US waters for first time," 24 June 2019 In a future conflict, adversaries could find themselves under attack from U.S. forces operating out of previously unknown airfields, all thanks to tiny creatures invisible to the human eye. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Air Force Plans to 'Grow' Runways with Bacteria," 10 June 2019

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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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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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