from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something created.
  • n. A living being, especially an animal: land creatures; microscopic creatures in a drop of water.
  • n. A human.
  • n. An imaginary or fantastical being: mythological creatures; a creature from outer space.
  • n. One dependent on or subservient to another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A created thing, whether animate or inanimate; a creation.
  • n. A living being; an animal or human.
  • n. A being subservient to or dependent upon another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Anything created; anything not self-existent; especially, any being created with life; an animal; a man.
  • n. A human being, in pity, contempt, or endearment.
  • n. A person who owes his rise and fortune to another; a servile dependent; an instrument; a tool.
  • n. A general term among farmers for horses, oxen, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A created thing; hence, a thing in general, animate or inanimate.
  • n. Specifically, and most commonly, a living created being; an animal or animate being.
  • n. In a limited sense, a human being: used absolutely or with an epithet (poor, idle, low, etc., or good, pretty, sweet, etc.), in contempt, commiseration, or endearment: as, an idle creature; what a creature! a pretty creature; a sweet creature.
  • n. Something regarded as created by, springing from, or entirely dependent upon something else.
  • n. Specifically, a person who owes his rise and fortune to another; one who is subject to the will or influence of another; an instrument; a tool.
  • n. Intoxicating drink, especially whisky.
  • Of or belonging to the body: as, creature comforts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a human being; `wight' is an archaic term
  • n. a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
  • n. a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Existing since Middle English in the original sense of “a created thing”, borrowed via Old French, from Late Latin creatura, from creare.



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