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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Elsewhere on the website was a photo of a chameleon: a beautiful blue-green creature with sad eyes and a curly tail. Hedley Twidle, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 The series soon became its own creature, dark and wickedly funny, thanks to supporting actors Michael Emerson and Christine Lahti, and unafraid to ask difficult questions about faith, the nature of evil and redemption. Therese Odell, Chron, 19 Oct. 2021 Therefore, in photographing ventriloquist dummies, Rolston is attempting to give life, as much as Geppetto to Pinocchio, or Dr. Frankenstein to his creature. Tom Teicholz, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 After plunging into a 75-foot drop, Dragon’s train enters a coiled tunnel designed to look like its namesake creature for a few disorienting moments. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, 16 Aug. 2021 Collet-Serra is a purveyor of junk, sure, but also a surprising critical favorite with many great Liam Neeson collaborations (especially the terrific Non-Stop and The Commuter); his creature feature The Shallows is a modern cable classic. David Sims, The Atlantic, 2 Aug. 2021 Send your comfort creature photos to me at with your name and hometown. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, 26 July 2021 Like me, David Lentz and Suzanne Goin had one adventurous eater and one creature of habit. Joshua David Stein, WSJ, 25 June 2021 This creature existed between the Pennsylvanian Period (323.2 to 298.9 million years ago) and the Permian (298.9 to 251.9 million years ago). Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Nov. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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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, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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