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

Few things come without an extra fee on Spirit Airlines, but some passengers got a free shot of adrenaline this week when a winged creature flew up and down the cabin. oregonlive.com, "Bat on a plane: Spirit Airlines passengers get an in-flight surprise," 2 Aug. 2019 These ancient cells were once part of a dog that roamed the frozen Siberian steppe, a husky-like creature that lived in the time before humans invented the wheel or the plow. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "How a 6,000-Year-Old Dog Cancer Spread Around the World," 1 Aug. 2019 California condors are massive, primordial creatures. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How the California condor returned from the brink of extinction," 24 July 2019 California condors are massive, primordial creatures. Los Angeles Times, "How the California condor returned from the brink of extinction," 24 July 2019 Many are in pairs; domestic bunnies are social creatures who often bond for life. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Notice a bunny boom? Here are some reasons for the Seattle area’s recent rise in rabbits," 19 July 2019 Female white sharks seem to be mostly solitary creatures. National Geographic, "One of biggest great white sharks seen feasting on sperm whale in rare video," 19 July 2019 While some of us try to find the right foundation shade to put on before work every morning, Miller is way over there getting to pretend to be a mythical creature in his silver lipstick. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Ezra Miller Wants to Help You Find the Magic of Makeup," 9 July 2019 Pixabay/with permission Green iguanas are charming creatures. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Floridians are free to kill all green iguanas," 3 July 2019

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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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