Definition of Creole noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkriːəʊl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkriːoʊl//
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  1. 1[countable] a person of mixed European and African race, especially one who lives in the West Indies
  2. 2[countable] a person whose ancestors were among the first Europeans who settled in the West Indies or S America, or one of the French or Spanish people who settled in the southern states of the US Creole cookery
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] a language formed when a mixture of a European language with a local language (especially an African language spoken by slaves in the West Indies) is spoken as a first language Most of the population speak a creole with a French-derived vocabulary The two girls were speaking Creole. compare pidgin See related entries: Languages
  4. Word Originfrom French créole, criole, from Spanish criollo, probably from Portuguese crioulo ‘black person born in Brazil’, from criar ‘to breed’, from Latin creare ‘produce, create’.