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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Recent Examples on the Web It's not known what inspired this creature to set off on such an unexpected journey. Jason G. Goldman, National Geographic, "Beluga whale sighted off San Diego coast mystifies scientists," 10 July 2020 Universal's werewolf shape-shifting creature of the night has appeared in multiple films over the years, notably in 1941's The Wolf Man (starring Lon Chaney Jr.) and 2010's The Wolfman (starring Benicio Del Toro). Nick Romano,, "The Invisible Man director in talks to helm Ryan Gosling in Wolfman," 8 July 2020 Several months later, experts published a study on a 180-million-year-old ichthyosaur fossil that had evidence of blubber and skin, making the creature more similar to modern-day dolphins. Fox News, "Prehistoric 15-foot dolphin acted like modern-day killer whales, researchers say," 11 July 2020 The 15-year-old boy, whose name was not disclosed, was surfing at Wooli Beach, near Grafton, around 370 miles north of Sydney, when the creature struck shortly before 2:30 p.m. local time (12:30 a.m ET), New South Wales police said in a statement. NBC News, "Teenage surfer killed in shark attack off Australian coast," 11 July 2020 Of course, the list isn’t without luxe getaways just a short drive from a cosmopolitan center, the kind that cater to urbanites who want a slower pace without sacrificing creature comforts. Lila Battis, Travel + Leisure, "Top 5 Africa Resort Hotels," 8 July 2020 This creature has no personality and he is never described. Anne Enright, The New York Review of Books, "Wanting Wrong," 6 July 2020 By studying a small slice of the thigh bone, the researchers were able to determine that the tiny creature was not a baby, but a nearly full-grown adult. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Meet the 'tiny bug slayer,' an ancient relative of giant dinosaurs," 6 July 2020 New analysis has revealed that the creature, which lived 25 million years ago, is a new family of marsupials. Fox News, "Prehistoric bear-sized marsupial once roamed Australia, scientists reveal," 26 June 2020

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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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29 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Creature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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