creole

adjective cre·ole \ ˈkrē-ˌōl \

Definition of creole

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

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First Known Use of creole

1737

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Creole

noun Cre·ole \ ˈkrē-ˌōl \

Definition of Creole

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
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

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CREOLE Defined for English Language Learners

creole

Definition of creole for English Language Learners

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


Creole

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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