creature

noun
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

This is just the latest bit of colorful research from David Hu, who runs a biolocomotion laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology studying how various creatures move. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Science says your cat’s tongue is ideally suited for grooming fur," 28 Dec. 2018 The Silence, Netflix, April 10 Netflix's answer to A Quiet Place is a new horror thriller set in a world in which evil creatures hunt their prey via sound. Vogue, "9 Things to Watch in April on Netflix, HBO and More," 29 Mar. 2019 Inspired by Joshua Tree, the collection is a fanciful reverie about creatures that might come out at night, reminiscent of Where the Wilds Things Are. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "L'Objet Launches Haas Brothers Tableware Collection," 11 Mar. 2019 There’s a trailer to celebrate the occasion, complete with four-eyed penguins and some sort of spiky tentacle nightmare-creature. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: The sordid tale of Starbreeze's stumbles, Overwatch players learn piano (with guns)," 1 Feb. 2019 This makes sense given the special is named after a creature in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, a sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with similar themes of nonsense, twisted logic, and the surreal. James Vincent, The Verge, "Watch the trailer for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, releasing Friday 28th on Netflix," 27 Dec. 2018 To-do list: Eat, drink, nap. 'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring (except for people with kids who still believe in Santa). Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "70+ Christmas Captions for Every Holiday Picture You Post on Instagram," 7 Dec. 2018 Big deal, the guy can communicate telepathically with sea creatures. Thomas Vinciguerra, WSJ, "I Want to Be Aquaman When I Grow Up . . .," 13 Dec. 2018 Ceviches, cocteles and tostadas loaded with plump, cool sea creatures join the full complement of grilled, sauteed and fried standards in a spot that’s casual and bright with plenty of booze and a friendly staff. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "10 best late night Phoenix restaurants: Great pizza, burgers, Asian, comfort food," 8 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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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 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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