Definition of Creole in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkriːəʊl/
(also creole)


1A person of mixed European and black descent, especially in the Caribbean.
Example sentences
  • The Creoles, the black people of the Caribbean region, are the descendants of colonial-era slaves, Jamaican merchants, and West Indian laborers.
  • Black Creoles and Garifunas, the descendants of Caribbean slaves, mix with Miskito, Rama, and Sumu Indians, who have lived on the land for hundreds of years.
  • It is the native tongue of the Creoles, blacks who came from Jamaica and other islands colonized by the British.
2A descendant of Spanish or other European settlers in the Caribbean or Central or South America.
Example sentences
  • The urban elite is primarily Creole, mostly of Spanish descent.
  • Some urban-and often lighter skinned-Belizean Creoles were large landowners and merchants in the early to mid-nineteenth century, having inherited property from their wealthy white fathers.
  • Despite this racial discourse, rural Belizean Creoles developed alternative systems of natural resource use based in part upon small-scale agricultural production.
2.1A white descendant of French settlers in Louisiana and other parts of the southern US.
Example sentences
  • French Creoles dominated Louisiana, even after Spain officially took over the colony in the mid-eighteenth century and some Spanish settled there.
  • In Louisiana the Creoles and Acadians rejected the cotton planters' Southern nationalism.
  • She married Oscar Chopin, a Creole, and went to live in New Orleans, Louisiana, spending her summers at Grand Isle, a fashionable resort off the south coast.
3A mother tongue formed from the contact of a European language (especially English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese) with local languages (especially African languages spoken by slaves in the West Indies): a Portuguese-based Creole
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  • Most people on the islands speak a local dialect, or Creole, that combines elements of West African languages and French.
  • English is the official language, but English Creole is the language most people speak.
  • But you know, they had the ballots available in like three different languages: Spanish and Creole in addition to English.


Relating to a Creole or Creoles: a restaurant serving both international and Creole cuisine research on pidgin and Creole languages
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  • But the exclusion of Creole cuisine from the top league table wouldn't meet with local approval.
  • Low country cooking is very similar to Cajun or Creole cuisine.
  • The capital of the island is Roseau, a town of bright painted shutters and Creole cafés, where the dreadlocks swing and fine large ladies laugh like avalanches


From French créole, criole, from Spanish criollo, probably from Portuguese crioulo 'black person born in Brazil', from criar 'to breed', from Latin creare 'produce, create'.

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