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 The all-wheel-drive Sanctuary has been outfitted with all the creature comforts to elevate your camping experience. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 July 2021 After Bobby watches the cars passing under the Cabrillo Bridge and grabs a snack from a hospitable William Shakespeare at the Old Globe, the tired bird flies back to the San Diego Zoo and the creature comforts of his enclosure. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 July 2021 Morton’s got himself a flashy Cannondale bike and plush Rapha threads, but the creature comforts pretty much stop there. Jason Gay, WSJ, 7 July 2021 And those traits seem to guide her answers to Rolling Stone’s questions about philosophy, life lessons, and creature comforts for our Last Word interview. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 6 July 2021 Meanwhile, Jungman's promise of creature comforts and willing fish held true. Star Tribune, 3 July 2021 Level of access to creature comforts is also yours for the choosing: accommodations range from full immersion into nature — primitive or platform tent camping — to RV sites, lodge rooms and suites, cabins, and cottages. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 3 July 2021 The plans signal the airline’s intention to step up competition with Delta Air Lines Inc. and American Airlines Group Inc. for premium-seat customers, who demand more creature comforts and typically generate an outsize portion of industry profits. Justin Bachman, Fortune, 29 June 2021 The crisis among the living, as is so often the case, is being tended with food and drink, clothes and toiletries, creature comforts aimed to soothe and distract. Washington Post, 28 June 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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18 Jul 2021

Cite this Entry

“Creature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 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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