- pl. Crees or a member of a North American Indian people living mainly in the Canadian Prairie Provinces
- the Algonquian language of this people
Origin of CreeFrench Cri, shortened from earlier Cristinaux from 17th-c. Algonquin kirishtinoo, name of a band of Cree Indians
nounpl. Cree, or Crees
- A member of a Native American people inhabiting a large area from eastern Canada west to Alberta and the Great Slave Lake. Formerly located in central Canada, the Cree expanded westward and eastward in the 17th and 18th centuries, the western Cree adopting the Plains Indian life and the eastern Cree retaining their woodland culture.
- The Algonquian language of the Cree.
Origin of CreeFrench Cris shortening of Cristineaux name of a 17th-century Cree band from Ojibwa (Old Algonquin) kirištino· from Cree
(plural Crees or Cree)
- A member of this people.
From a phonetic rendering of Canadian French Cris, short for Christinaux, from Algonquian *kiristino, originally referring to a group in the Hudson Bay region.