creole

play
adjective cre·ole \ˈkrē-ˌōl\

Definition of creole

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

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

Recent Examples of creole from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'creole'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of creole

1737

Other Language Terms


Creole

play
noun Cre·ole \ˈkrē-ˌōl\

Definition of Creole

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

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

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

  4. 4a :  a language evolved from pidginized French that is spoken by blacks in southern Louisianab :  haitianc 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

  1. Some people in Louisiana speak Creole.

Recent Examples of creole from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'Creole'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of creole

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

Other Anthropology Terms


CREOLE Defined for English Language Learners

creole

play
adjective

Definition of creole for English Language Learners

  • : relating to people who are Creoles or to their language

Creole

play
noun

Definition of Creole for English Language Learners

  • : 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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up creole? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a severe test

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!