Other Word Forms of Creole
Origin of Creole
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.
French 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 ker-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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