- The definition of Creole is something relating to Creoles, the people of French descent who live in Louisiana or people who live in the Gulf states and the Caribbean who are descendants of Spaniards, Portuguese and Blacks.
An example of creole used as an adjective is creole culture, a description for something related to the culture of French descendants in Louisiana.
- Creole is defined as a person who is descended from blacks and Europeans such as Spaniards and Portuguese who settled the Gulf States, or white descendants of French settlers in Louisiana.
- A Creole is a white descendant of French settlers who is living in Louisiana.
- A Creole is a person living in the Caribbean who is descended from Europeans and Blacks.
- a person of European parentage born in the West Indies, Central America, tropical South America, or the Gulf States
- a descendant of such persons; specif.,
- a person descended from the original French settlers of Louisiana, esp. of the New Orleans area
- a person descended from the original Spanish settlers in the Gulf States, esp. Texas
- a person of mixed Creole and black descent
- French as spoken by Creoles, esp. in the New Orleans area
- loosely anyone from Louisiana
- [c-] the form of language (e.g., Gullah) that develops when speakers of mutually unintelligible languages remain in persistent and long-lasting contact with each other, with one of the contributing languages typically dominant
Origin of CreoleFrench créole from Spanish criollo from Portuguese crioulo, native to the region, born at home from criar, to rear, nourish from Classical Latin creare, create
- of or characteristic of the Creoles
- designating or of the languages of the Creoles
- [usuallyc-] prepared with sautéed tomatoes, green peppers, onions, etc. and spices: creole sauce
- A person of European ancestry born in the West Indies or Spanish America.
- a. A person descended from or culturally related to the original French settlers of the southern United States, especially Louisiana.b. The French dialect spoken by these people.
- A person descended from or culturally related to the Spanish and Portuguese settlers of the Gulf States.
- often creole A person of mixed African and European ancestry who speaks a creolized language, especially one based on French or Spanish.
- A black slave born in the Americas as opposed to one brought from Africa.
- creole A creolized language.
- Haitian Creole.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Creoles.
- creole Cooked with a spicy sauce containing tomatoes, onions, and peppers: shrimp creole; creole cuisine.
Origin of CreoleFrench créole from Spanish criollo person native to a locality from Portuguese crioulo diminutive of cria person raised in the house, especially a servant from criar to bring up from Latin creāre to beget ; see ker-2 in Indo-European roots.
An adaptation of the Castilian Spanish criollo (“homey, local yokel”), from Portuguese crioulo, diminutive of cria (“person raised in one’s house, servant”), from Portuguese criar (“to rear, to bring up”), from Latin creo (“to create”), which came into English via French between 1595 and 1605.