creolize

verb

cre·​ol·​ize ˈkrē-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce creolize (audio)
ˈkrē-ˌō-
creolized; creolizing

transitive verb

: to cause (a pidginized language) to become a creole in a speech community
creolization noun

Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of creolize was in 1833

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“Creolize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/creolize. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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