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

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. See More
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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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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, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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