an animal, especially a nonhuman: the creatures of the woods and fields; a creature from outer space.
anything created, whether animate or inanimate.
person; human being: She is a charming creature. The driver of a bus is sometimes an irritable creature.
an animate being.
a person whose position or fortune is owed to someone or something and who continues under the control or influence of that person or thing: The cardinal was a creature of Louis XI.
Scot. and Older U.S. Use. intoxicating liquor, especially whiskey (usually preceded by the): He drinks a bit of the creature before bedtime.

Origin of creature

1250–1300; Middle English creature < Late Latin creātūra act of creating. See create, -ure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for creature

Contemporary Examples of creature

Historical Examples of creature

  • Would I rob Heaven and give the praise and honour to the creature?

  • This is certainly a very high and unusual devise to so young a creature.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • He smiled' at Miss Gregg, who was elderly and gray, but visibly his creature.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Every creature whose rival I could possibly become is my enemy.

  • No, I heard nothing; I felt the thought of that creature touching my thought.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

British Dictionary definitions for creature



a living being, esp an animal
something that has been created, whether animate or inanimatea creature of the imagination
a human being; person: used as a term of scorn, pity, or endearment
a person who is dependent upon another; tool or puppet
Derived Formscreatural or creaturely, adjectivecreatureliness, noun

Word Origin for creature

C13: from Church Latin crēatūra, from Latin crēare to create
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for creature

late 13c., "anything created," also "living being," from Old French creature (Modern French créature), from Late Latin creatura "thing created," from creatus, past participle of Latin creare "create" (see create). Meaning "anything that ministers to man's comforts" (1610s), after I Tim. iv:4, led to jocular use for "whiskey" (1630s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper