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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These waters did not disappoint, especially the two final dives off the coast of the Carolinas, where ROV encountered several unidentifiable creatures. Kelli Bender, ajc, "'Horror' lizardfish and weird unidentifiable creatures found chilling off Carolina coast," 13 July 2018 Folks call Trump an ogre, monster, creature from the lagoon, etc. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 10 July 2018 More and more creatures have become seasoned city dwellers, feasting on our garbage and nesting in the nooks and crannies of our homes. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 2018 These later scenes are tricky and a little bit problematic; the way certain creatures are depicted dissipate the tension rather than heighten it. Michael Phillips,, "'Sorry to Bother You' review: Satirizing black identity and corporate ethics, ruthlessly," 5 July 2018 Translation: Ticks are tiny creatures sans backbones that latch onto your body and slurp up your blood like gross, miniscule, multi-legged vampires. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 Their work was noble and occasionally terrifying; white sharks are among the ocean’s most mysterious and misunderstood creatures. Susan Casey, Outside Online, "Susan Casey on Seeing Her First Great White Shark," 11 July 2018 In the old days, writers were political creatures also, not all, but many. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Arundhati Roy: “Fiction is a Universe”," 26 June 2018 But fortunately for us, plants tend to be variable creatures. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Why this Kentucky plant is the 'Manolo Blahniks' of the garden world," 22 June 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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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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