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

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 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 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

Noun Some people in Louisiana speak Creole.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The artist revealed that Beyoncé wanted to pay homage to New Orleans for her Lemonade project, and his art was reminiscent of her creole origins. D'shonda Brown, Essence, "Nigerian Artist Laolu Raises Malaria Awareness Through Afromysterics," 28 Apr. 2021 The restaurant has lots of bright colors and is open and airy. with poached eggs over a homemade biscuit with sausage and bacon and a creole hollandaise sauce. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "Dining out again!," 21 Mar. 2021 Bordering the French Quarter, this area was founded in the 18th century, and is known for African American history, authentic creole food, parades, jazz funerals, and the Backstreet Cultural Museum. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, "New Orleans Travel Guide," 1 Mar. 2021 Astoria, Queens is home to Comfortland, a comfort food spot with vegan options that is co-owned by baker Montana D’Alessio Barbier; and beloved creole restaurant Sugar Freak by owner Michele Addeo. Michele Herrmann, Forbes, "New NYC & Company Campaign Promotes Women-Owned And Operated Businesses," 1 Mar. 2021 Now Brown has a creole quarter horse with blue eyes named Misty. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio man takes part in traditional African American trail rides in East Bexar County," 1 Feb. 2021 The state accused Overton of killing Andrew by feeding him salt or a salty creole spice, then waiting too long to get him critical medical attention. John Maccormack,, "Murder by omission or conviction by design?," 9 Dec. 2020 The radio host turned vegan food entrepreneur developed 100% HP a vegan alternative to Spanish creole street food vendors and fast food joints in Puerto Rico. Ingrid Cotto,, "Impossible pasteles and alcapurrias are fooling carnivores with a vegan twist on traditional Puerto Rican food," 10 Nov. 2020 Still new to the brick and mortar scene, chef Tia Harrison has a hit on her hands with her Cajun and creole restaurant. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, "Cajun restaurant Chef Tia & Co. will be taking flight with new gourmet wing takeout spot," 19 Aug. 2020

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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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“Creole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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