from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person of European descent born in the West Indies or Spanish America.
- n. A person descended from or culturally related to the original French settlers of the southern United States, especially Louisiana.
- n. The French dialect spoken by these people.
- n. A person descended from or culturally related to the Spanish and Portuguese settlers of the Gulf States.
- n. A person of mixed Black and European ancestry who speaks a creolized language, especially one based on French or Spanish.
- n. A Black slave born in the Americas as opposed to one brought from Africa.
- n. A creolized language.
- n. Haitian Creole.
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Creoles.
- adj. Cooked with a spicy sauce containing tomatoes, onions, and peppers: shrimp creole; creole cuisine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A member of a French- Native Indian-African Spanish ethnic group in Louisiana.
- proper n. A French-African ethnic group in Louisiana.
- proper n. Used as a proper noun denoting any specific creole language, especially that of Haiti.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One born of European parents in the American colonies of France or Spain or in the States which were once such colonies, esp. a person of French or Spanish descent, who is a native inhabitant of Louisiana, or one of the States adjoining, bordering on the Gulf of of Mexico.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a Creole or the Creoles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the West Indies and Spanish America: Originally, a native descended from European (properly Spanish) ancestors, as distinguished from immigrants of European blood, and from the aborigines, negroes, and natives of mixed (Indian and European, or European and negro) blood.
- n. Loosely, a person born in the country, but of a race not indigenous to it, irrespective of color.
- n. In Louisiana: Originally, a native descended from French ancestors who had settled there; later, any native of French or Spanish descent by either parent; a person belonging to the French-speaking native portion of the white race.
- n. A native-born negro, as distinguished from a negro brought from Africa.
- Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a creole or the creoles: as, creole songs; creole dialects.
- Of immediate West Indian growth, but of ultimate European or other foreign origin: as, creole chickens; creole roses.
- n. In ichthyology, the genizara, Clepticus parræ, found in the West Indies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to or characteristic of native-born persons of French descent in Louisiana
- n. a mother tongue that originates from contact between two languages
- n. a person of European descent born in the West Indies or Latin America
- n. a person descended from French ancestors in southern United States (especially Louisiana)
- adj. of or relating to a language that arises from contact between two other languages and has features of both
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; see ker-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)