crea·​ture | \ˈkrē-chər \

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 \ adjective
creaturehood \ ˈkrē-​chər-​ˌhu̇d \ noun
creatureliness \ ˈkrē-​chər-​lē-​nəs \ noun
creaturely \ ˈkrē-​chər-​lē \ 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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Jackson undergoes two memorable transformations in the film: first as a were-creature and later a zombie. Aja Romano, Vox, "Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is the eternal Halloween bop — and so much more," 31 Oct. 2018 Both the temple’s statue and the Sabrina statue feature a winged creature with a horned goat’s head and a pentagram on its forehead. Josephine Yurcaba, Teen Vogue, "The Satanic Temple Plans to Sue Netflix for Its Depiction of Baphomet in "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"," 30 Oct. 2018 Humanity's first attempt to send a living creature into space ended, well, not great. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Laika: Forget historic tragedy, this first space dog saves alien planets," 14 Oct. 2018 Wildlife experts are warning those out in Maryland waters this summer to be on the lookout for mitten crabs, a fuzzy-looking creature that is not native to the area. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "If you find this furry crab in Maryland waters, don’t throw it back," 25 June 2018 There's little doubt that as a political creature, Don has grown more sure-footed. Julia Ioffe, GQ, "The Real Story of Donald Trump Jr.," 21 June 2018 From a black widow found in store bought broccoli to a Tennessee woman who claims her apartment is infested with dozens of brown recluse spiders, these eight-legged creatures can be found just about anywhere. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Brown recluse, black widow and other dangerous spiders found in the US," 10 July 2018 These creatures are adapting not in an evolutionary sense, but in a behavioral one. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 2018 Distilling all the values of a particular time and place into one superhuman frame, these rare creatures serve as both muse and marker for their generation. Catherine Piercy, Vogue, "American Beauty! 33 Legendary Models Made in the USA," 4 July 2018

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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 \

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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