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1. A person of European ancestry born in the West Indies or Spanish America.
a. A person descended from or culturally related to the original French settlers of the southern United States, especially Louisiana.
b. The French dialect spoken by these people.
3. A person descended from or culturally related to the Spanish and Portuguese settlers of the Gulf States.
4. often creole A person of mixed African and European ancestry who speaks a creolized language, especially one based on French or Spanish.
5. A black slave born in the Americas as opposed to one brought from Africa.
6. creole A creolized language.
7. Haitian Creole.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Creoles.
2. creole Cooked with a spicy sauce containing tomatoes, onions, and peppers: shrimp creole; creole cuisine.
[French créole, from Spanish criollo, person native to a locality, from Portuguese crioulo, diminutive of cria, person raised in the house, especially a servant, from criar, to bring up, from Latin creāre, to beget; see ker-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
(Languages) a language that has its origin in extended contact between two language communities, one of which is generally European. It incorporates features from each and constitutes the mother tongue of a community. Compare pidgin
1. (Languages) denoting, relating to, or characteristic of creole
2. (Cookery) (of a sauce or dish) containing or cooked with tomatoes, green peppers, onions, etc
[C17: via French and Spanish probably from Portuguese crioulo slave born in one's household, person of European ancestry born in the colonies, probably from criar to bring up, from Latin creāre to create]
1. (Peoples) a native-born person of European, esp Spanish, ancestry
2. (Peoples) a native-born person of mixed European and African ancestry who speaks a French or Spanish creole
3. (Peoples) (in Louisiana and other Gulf States of the US) a native-born person of French ancestry
4. (Languages) the creolized French spoken in Louisiana, esp in New Orleans
5. (Peoples) of, relating to, or characteristic of any of these peoples
6. (Languages) of, relating to, or characteristic of any of these peoples
1. (now usu. in historical contexts)
a. a member of the French-speaking, generally urban population of Louisiana that claims descent from the region's earliest French and Spanish settlers.
b. Also, Cre′ole of col′or. a member of any of several French-speaking communities of Louisiana of mixed black and French or Spanish ancestry.
2. (sometimes l.c.)
b. a person born in the West Indies or Mauritius but of European, usu. French, descent.
3. (usu. l.c.) a pidgin that has become the native language of a speech community. Compare pidgin (def. 1).
a. Louisiana Creole.
5. (sometimes l.c.) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a Creole or Creoles.
6. (usu. l.c.) made with tomatoes, peppers, onions, and spices and, often, served with rice.
[1595–1605; < French < Sp criollo < Portuguese crioulo native, derivative of criar to bring up < Latin creāre to create]
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|Noun||1.||Creole - a person of European descent born in the West Indies or Latin America|
American - a native or inhabitant of a North American or Central American or South American country
|2.||Creole - a person descended from French ancestors in southern United States (especially Louisiana)|
American - a native or inhabitant of the United States
|3.||creole - a mother tongue that originates from contact between two languages|
natural language, tongue - a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
Haitian Creole - a creole language spoken by most Haitians; based on French and various African languages
|Adj.||1.||Creole - of or relating to a language that arises from contact between two other languages and has features of both; "Creole grammars"|
|2.||Creole - of or relating to or characteristic of native-born persons of French descent in Louisiana; "Creole cooking"|