creature

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈkriːtʃər/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈkritʃɚ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(krēchər)



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
crea•ture /ˈkritʃɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. an animal, esp. a nonhuman:all creatures of the planet.
  2. any being:creatures of the imagination.
  3. person;
    human being: She's a lovely creature.
  4. a person under the control or influence of another person or thing:a creature of habit.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
crea•ture  (krēchər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an animal, esp. a nonhuman:the creatures of the woods and fields; a creature from outer space.
  2. anything created, whether animate or inanimate.
  3. person;
    human being:She is a charming creature. The driver of a bus is sometimes an irritable creature.
  4. an animate being.
  5. 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.
  6. 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

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
creature /ˈkriːtʃə/ n
  1. a living being, esp an animal
  2. something that has been created, whether animate or inanimate: a creature of the imagination
  3. a human being; person: used as a term of scorn, pity, or endearment
  4. a person who is dependent upon another; tool or puppet
Etymology: 13th Century: from Church Latin crēatūra, from Latin crēare to create

ˈcreatural, ˈcreaturely adj ˈcreatureliness n
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Collocations: is a wretched creature, a creature of the [night, dark], a creature from [the forest, hell], more...

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