Cree

[kree]
noun, plural Crees, (especially collectively) Cree.
  1. a member of a North American Indian people of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Montana.
  2. an Algonquian language, the language of the Cree Indians.
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Contemporary Examples of cree

Historical Examples of cree

  • His face was almost as inscrutable as that of the Sphinx, or a Cree Indian.

    Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay

    G. Harvey Ralphson

  • "Go on ahead, Tamasjo, and find the trail," said Ned to the waiting Cree.

    Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay

    G. Harvey Ralphson

  • How silly that some one had not thought of the old Cree before.

    Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay

    G. Harvey Ralphson

  • In one corner stood the wheel at which Cree had to fill his own pirns.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie

  • He payed off all he owed, and so Cree's life was not, I think, a failure.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie


British Dictionary definitions for cree

cree

noun
  1. South Wales and Southwest English dialect temporary immunity from the rules of a game: said by children

Word Origin for cree

of unknown origin

Cree

noun
  1. plural Cree or Crees a member of a Native American people living in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family
  3. a syllabic writing system of this and certain other languages

Word Origin for Cree

from first syllable of Canadian French Christianaux, probably based on Ojibwa Kenistenoag (tribal name)
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Word Origin and History for cree

Cree

1744, from phonetic rendering of Canadian French Cris, short for Christinaux, from Ojibwa (Algonquian) *kiristino, originally referring to a group in the Hudson Bay region.

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