WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 crea•ture /ˈkritʃɚ/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- an animal, esp. a nonhuman:all creatures of the planet.
- any being:creatures of the imagination.
human being: She's a lovely creature.
- a person under the control or influence of another person or thing:a creature of habit.
(krē′chər),USA pronunciation n.
- an animal, esp. a nonhuman:the creatures of the woods and fields; a creature from outer space.
- anything created, whether animate or inanimate.
human being:She is a charming creature. The driver of a bus is sometimes an irritable creature.
- an animate being.
- a person whose position or fortune is owed to someone or something and who continues under the control or influence of that person or thing:The cardinal was a creature of Louis XI.
- Scottish Termsintoxicating liquor, esp. whiskey (usually prec. by the):He drinks a bit of the creature before bedtime.
- Late Latin creātūra act of creating. See create, -ure
- Middle English creature 1250–1300
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creature /ˈkriːtʃə/ n
Etymology: 13th Century: from Church Latin crēatūra, from Latin crēare to createˈcreatural, ˈcreaturely adj ˈcreatureliness n
- a living being, esp an animal
- something that has been created, whether animate or inanimate: a creature of the imagination
- a human being; person: used as a term of scorn, pity, or endearment
- a person who is dependent upon another; tool or puppet
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