cre·​ole | \ˈkrē-ˌōl \

Definition of creole 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 often capitalized : of or relating to Creoles or their language

2 often capitalized : relating to or being highly seasoned food typically prepared with rice, okra, tomatoes, and peppers shrimp creole


Cre·​ole | \ˈkrē-ˌōl \

Definition of Creole (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a person of European descent born especially in the West Indies or Spanish America

2 : a white person descended from early French or Spanish settlers of the U.S. Gulf states and preserving their speech and culture

3 : a person of mixed French or Spanish and black descent speaking a dialect of French or Spanish

4a : a language evolved from pidginized French that is spoken by blacks in southern Louisiana

b : haitian

c not capitalized : a language that has evolved from a pidgin but serves as the native language of a speech community

Examples of creole in a Sentence


Some people in Louisiana speak Creole.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

For blending, the minotaur and the mermaid, genetic splicing and creole languages. The Economist, "Creative sparkWhat makes humans inventive?," 11 Jan. 2018 What: Flavour Restaurant & Lounge serves a mix of Caribbean, Southern and creole cuisine. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "New Highlands spot serves Caribbean and creole in Asiatique's absence," 9 May 2018 Rodriguez says: The creole sauce gave it a little kick, a good comfort food kind of burger., "Smokin' Thyme Burger: Build the burger you want (photos, video, poll)," 24 Apr. 2018 Patrons can join top bartenders for a New Orleans-themed afternoon with specialty cocktails, creole bites and brass bands. 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Carolina Gusman,, "Lion Fish Coastal Cuisine launches all new al fresco dining," 19 Apr. 2018 For the creole sauce: To make the brown roux, melt the butter and whisk in the flour. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "He never gets tired of the Hot Brown, but chef at The Brown Hotel is always looking ahead," 20 Mar. 2018 Their confections—which shimmer with iridescent icing—are sweetened with raw cane sugar and filled with creole cream cheese ($24). Ann Mah, Bon Appetit, "Where to Mail-Order King Cakes for Mardi Gras," 13 Feb. 2018 Spice things up with creole seasoning, celery seed, Old Bay, cayenne, and more. Jenné Claiborne, SELF, "6 Genius Cooking Tricks From a Vegan Soul Food Chef," 14 Feb. 2018 Black Box Fix's menu offers made-to-order sandwiches with a bit of creole flavors. Marc Bona,, "Black Box Fix opening in Legacy Village," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of creole


1737, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for creole


French créole, from Spanish criollo, from Portuguese crioulo white person born in the colonies

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English Language Learners Definition of creole

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to people who are Creoles or to their language



English Language Learners Definition of Creole (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who has African and French or Spanish ancestors; especially : such a person who lives in the West Indies

: a person whose ancestors were some of the first people from France or Spain to live in the southeastern U.S.

: a language that is based on French and that uses words from African languages

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