1. (of a language) formerly a pidgin but now the native language of a group of speakers, with consequent enrichment of the vocabulary by borrowing and creation.

Origin of creolized

First recorded in 1875–80; creolize + -ed2


verb (used with object), cre·o·lized, cre·o·liz·ing.
  1. to render (a language) creolized.
verb (used without object), cre·o·lized, cre·o·liz·ing.
  1. to become creolized.
Also especially British, cre·o·lise.

Origin of creolize

First recorded in 1810–20; Creole + -ize
Related formscre·o·li·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for creolized



  1. (of a language) incorporating a considerable range of features from one or more unrelated languages, as the result of contact between language communities
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