creature

noun
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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Looking at the creatures inevitably results in death (for most folks at least), so our protagonist and her friends are forced to navigate this post-apocalyptic world while blindfolded. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Netflix's "Bird Box" Sculptor Reveals a Design for the Film's Unseen Monsters," 6 Jan. 2019 One of the few survivors: Malorie (Bullock) and her two kids, known only as Boy and Girl, who embark on a harrowing journey to safety, all while blindfolded, so as not to see the ominous creatures. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The Hype Over Netflix’s Bird Box, Explained," 2 Jan. 2019 The documentary explores the oceans from the coasts to kelp to the creatures that live in the sea. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Watch Blue Planet II this weekend along with scientists on Twitter," 15 Dec. 2018 Megalodon, once the largest creature on earth, would have been a muon magnet. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Exploding Stars Might Have Brought an End to the Prehistoric Megalodon," 14 Dec. 2018 The cat-like creature eats fruit including coffee cherries, but is unable to digest the beans. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "21 Surprising Coffee Facts That Will Perk Up Your Afternoon," 3 Dec. 2018 The timber company that operates on the land sued on the sensible grounds that the place can’t be critical habitat if the creature would die on arrival. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Endangered Species Habitat Check," 27 Nov. 2018 Beta-lactam works by weakening the cell wall of the creature under attack. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Bacteria That Eat Drugs Could Help Solve the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis," 8 Nov. 2018 In this case, the creatures come up from underground and people start disappearing one by one. Joyce Bautista Ferrari, Marie Claire, "The Best Horror Movies That Aren't Too Scary," 29 Oct. 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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creature

noun

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

creature

noun
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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