creole

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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>

1737

First Known Use of creole

1737

Other Language Terms


Creole

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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 United States 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. 4 a :  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

  1. Some people in Louisiana speak Creole.

Origin and Etymology of creole

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


First Known Use: 1737

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CREOLE Defined for English Language Learners

creole

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adjective cre·ole \ˈkrē-ˌōl\

Definition of creole for English Language Learners

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


Creole

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noun Cre·ole \ˈkrē-ˌōl\

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



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