creature

noun crea·ture \ ˈkrē-chər \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

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

creatural

play \ˈkrē-chə-rəl\ adjective

creaturehood

play \ˈkrē-chər-ˌhu̇d\ noun

creatureliness

play \ˈkrē-chər-lē-nəs\ noun

creaturely

play \ˈkrē-chər-lē\ adjective

Examples of creature in a Sentence

  1. rabbits, squirrels, and other furry creatures

  2. Few living creatures can survive without water.

  3. a giant hairy apelike creature

  4. She's a creature of rare beauty.

  5. A social creature by nature, he loves working with people.

  6. The poor creature had no way to get home.

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Origin and Etymology of creature

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin creatura, from Latin creatus, past participle of creare

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CREATURE Defined for English Language Learners

creature

noun

Definition of creature for English Language Learners

  • : an animal of any type

  • : an imaginary or very strange kind of animal

  • : a person usually of a specified type


CREATURE Defined for Kids

creature

noun crea·ture \ ˈkrē-chər \

Definition of creature for Students

1 :a lower animal
2 :person 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

Word Root of creature

The Latin word creāre, meaning “to produce” or “to cause,” gives us the root cre. Words from the Latin creāre have something to do with producing or causing. To create something is to produce it. Anyone creative is able to produce new and original things. A creature is a being that was alive when it was produced



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