- a person born in the West Indies or Spanish America but of European, usually Spanish, ancestry.
- a person born in Louisiana but of usually French ancestry.
- (sometimes lowercase) a person of mixed black and European, especially French or Spanish, ancestry who speaks a creolized form of French or Spanish.
- (usually lowercase) a creolized language; a pidgin that has become the native language of a speech community.Compare pidgin.
- the creolized French language of the descendants of the original settlers of Louisiana.Compare Cajun.
- Haitian Creole.
- (usually lowercase) Archaic. a black person born in the New World, as distinguished from one brought there from Africa.
- (sometimes lowercase) of, relating to, or characteristic of a Creole or Creoles.
- (usually lowercase) Cookery. indicating a spicy sauce or dish made especially with tomatoes, peppers, onions, celery, and seasonings, and often served with rice.
- (sometimes lowercase) bred or growing in a country, but of foreign origin, as an animal or plant.
Origin of Creole
Examples from the Web for creole
The priest for the Creole ceremony was Father Marcel Saint Jean.Mother Cabrini, Saint of the Green Card
November 11, 2014
There was instead the very best and LaChanze proved how right it is that her name means “the Charmed One” in Creole.A 9/11 Widow’s Perfect ‘Amazing Grace’ at the Ground Zero Museum
May 16, 2014
Some people label Creole food as “city food” and Cajun as “country food.”
Originating in New Orleans, Creole cuisine is the result of influences from the many nationalities who settled in the city.
Cajun food developed separately from Creole and has a longer history.
Mlle. Soubise was then very young, and in appearance like a Creole.My Double Life
The Creole, it is true, tried and failed to take the helm of conversation.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
I was myself the first at liberty, and sprang towards the 'Creole.'Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
From the author of "Creole and Puritan" and other stories; and is very bright and readable.Four Years in Rebel Capitals
T. C. DeLeon
Cassy was dressed after the manner of the Creole Spanish ladies,—wholly in black.Uncle Tom's Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe
- 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 communityCompare pidgin
- denoting, relating to, or characteristic of creole
- (of a sauce or dish) containing or cooked with tomatoes, green peppers, onions, etc
- (sometimes not capital) (in the Caribbean and Latin America)
- a native-born person of European, esp Spanish, ancestry
- a native-born person of mixed European and African ancestry who speaks a French or Spanish creole
- a native-born Black person as distinguished from one brought from Africa
- (in Louisiana and other Gulf States of the US) a native-born person of French ancestry
- the creolized French spoken in Louisiana, esp in New Orleans
- of, relating to, or characteristic of any of these peoples
Word Origin and History for creole
c.1600, from French créole (17c.), from Spanish criollo "person native to a locality," from Portuguese crioulo, diminutive of cria "person (especially a servant) raised in one's house," from criar "to raise or bring up," from Latin creare "to produce, create" (see create).
The exact sense varies with local use. Originally with no connotation of color or race; Fowler (1926) writes: "Creole does not imply mixture of race, but denotes a person either of European or (now rarely) of negro descent born and naturalized in certain West Indian and American countries." In U.S. use, applied to descendants of French and Spanish settlers in Louisiana from at least 1792. Of languages, from 1879. As an adjective, from 1748.