cre·​ole | \ ˈkrē-ˌōl How to pronounce creole (audio) \

Definition of creole

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 or Creole : of or relating to Creoles or their language
2 or Creole : relating to or being highly seasoned food typically prepared with rice, okra, tomatoes, and peppers shrimp creole


Cre·​ole | \ ˈkrē-ˌōl How to pronounce Creole (audio) \

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 Black people in southern Louisiana
b : haitian
c creole : a language that has evolved from a pidgin but serves as the native language of a speech community

Examples of creole in a Sentence

Noun Some people in Louisiana speak Creole.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Specializing in the Louisiana creole cuisine that incorporates French, West African, Caribbean and other influences, Borel already has a name in the culinary scene, operating as a private chef and caterer since 2020. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Mar. 2022 The beach town of Bluefields is the gateway to the charming Corn Islands and Pearl Keys, full of luscious creole cuisine, crystal blue lagoons and stunning white sand beaches. Travel + Leisure, 10 Mar. 2022 Enjoy the creole flavors infused into the steamy plates of crab, lobster, crawfish, and veggies. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 28 Feb. 2022 Inside, guests in colorful outfits and bedazzled masks enjoyed creole-style cuisine while browsing displays from local artists and crafters. Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 26 Feb. 2022 Even though people on the islands speak English, the creole dialect was tough to decipher. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 11 Feb. 2022 The dish is finished with a crawfish and a splash of creole sauce. Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2022 Add in a splash of seafood stock and a sprinkle of creole seasoning to the main pot. Kristen Rogers, Madeline Holcombe And Amanda Sealy, CNN, 26 Dec. 2021 Gulf of Guinea creoles are the main Portuguese creole languages still spoken today. Uwagbale Edward-ekpu, Quartz, 23 July 2021 See More

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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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10 Apr 2022

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“Creole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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