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 Standing 10 inches tall, this little creature comes close to cuteness overload with its giggles, sighs and ear wiggles. Kimberly Singletary,, "Natural hair doll, Baby Shark vacuum cleaner top the list of 2020 toys for the holidays," 18 Nov. 2020 This creature’s coat of quills don’t spare its genitalia, which features penile spines—a horrifying frequent trait in the animal kingdom (even humans once had them) which may increase fertilization success or trigger ovulation. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "Nine of the Weirdest Penises in the Animal Kingdom," 17 Nov. 2020 This colorful hairy creature comes from the imagination of Stephen Tako, a graduate of Buckeye High School and the Medina County Career Center who now lives in San Diego and is an actor and motivational speaker. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Author Stephen Tako’s hairy blue character helps children learn to cope and care," 12 Nov. 2020 Keep on reading for more about this bizarre and downright creepy creature. Katie Bourque, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Whatchamacallit on 'The Masked Singer?' Fans Are VERY Sure About This One," 30 Sep. 2020 His wife Constance, older than DeMille and very much a Victorian lady, preferred not to deal with the snake-riddled outdoors and a ranch that lacked electricity and creature comforts. Aaron Goldfarb, New York Times, "Mr. DeMille, I’m Ready for Your Booze Stash," 29 Sep. 2020 It’s a dirty job, but some creature has had to do it long before sanitation crews., "Express Briefing: City hopes to bring internet to 20,000 students in a year," 22 Sep. 2020 Venus seems like the last place where any creature would make its home. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Life in clouds of Venus? Why murky clue tantalizes scientists.," 18 Sep. 2020 So who had the impeccable idea of creating a mythical creature to help Santa decide if kids get presents or coal on Christmas Day? Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, "History of Elf on the Shelf, Who Is More Than a Mom's Nightmare," 9 Nov. 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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26 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Creature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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How to pronounce creature (audio)

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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