Adjective "Creole" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˈkriːəʊl/

Definitions and examples

noun

A person of mixed European and black descent, especially in the Caribbean.
  1. 'Black Creoles and Garifunas, the descendants of Caribbean slaves, mix with Miskito, Rama, and Sumu Indians, who have lived on the land for hundreds of years.'
  2. 'Just to hear St. Lucians relax in their Creole is a real treat for first time visitors.'
  3. 'It is the native tongue of the Creoles, blacks who came from Jamaica and other islands colonized by the British.'
  4. 'At the same time, certain ideas about relationships to the natural environment were a part of the racial formation of Belizean Creoles.'
  5. 'The urban elite is primarily Creole, mostly of Spanish descent.'
  6. 'She married Oscar Chopin, a Creole, and went to live in New Orleans, Louisiana, spending her summers at Grand Isle, a fashionable resort off the south coast.'
  7. 'Those early settlers of French descent came to be known as Creoles and still make up a central part of the state's community.'
  8. 'In Louisiana the Creoles and Acadians rejected the cotton planters' Southern nationalism.'
A mother tongue formed from the contact of a European language (especially English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese) with local languages (especially African languages spoken by slaves in the West Indies)
  1. 'Others learned the ways of local Indians, as Creoles before them had done, and as the Cajuns themselves had done earlier in Acadia / Nova Scotia.'
  2. 'Seychellois have three official languages: Creole, English, and French.'
  3. 'The vernacular is a Creole, which is essentially fifteenth-century Portuguese with a simplified vocabulary and influences from Mandingo and several Senegambian languages.'
  4. 'While the spoken language is Creole, the schools teach in English, and French remains the language of prestige.'
  5. 'An English Creole arose on Saint Croix and is still spoken, although its use is generally limited to older islanders.'
  6. 'English is the official language, but English Creole is the language most people speak.'
  7. 'While English is the official language, French, Creole, Bhojpuri and Urdu are widely spoken.'
  8. 'As he refined his draft, snippets re-entered his memory in dialects of French, Spanish, Creole and English.'
  9. 'The different groups speak their own languages, but the language spoken across ethnic lines is a form of pidgin English called Creole.'
  10. 'The original language community of the Creoles was composed of French and Louisiana Creole.'

adjective

Relating to a Creole or Creoles.
  1. 'research on pidgin and Creole languages'
  2. 'This energetic and erotic Creole dance has origins in the sugar fields, in the days when African labour was captive.'
  3. 'Along with simple shot gun houses and Creole cottages, century-old landmarks were hit hard.'
  4. 'They grew up together on and around Roman Street in the 7th Ward, the most intensely Creole part of town.'
  5. 'Turning around, I discover two beautiful Creole women, drinking beer and laughing like crazy.'
  6. 'Women are the emotional and economic center of the household in many Creole groups but are subordinated in traditional, patriarchal Hindostani circles.'
  7. 'But the role of the emergent rural and non-elite Creole population in transforming Belize's landscape throughout the nineteenth century is less clear.'
  8. 'My parents were among the cream of Creole society.'
  9. 'The capital of the island is Roseau, a town of bright painted shutters and Creole cafés, where the dreadlocks swing and fine large ladies laugh like avalanches'
  10. 'Although the archetypal Belizean Creole of colonial commentary was male, women also were contributing to the development of rural Belizean Creole places.'
  11. 'In this Creole kind of interactive transaction, not only do you get what you want, but you also meet half the island in the process.'

Definitions

1. a person born in the West Indies or Spanish America but of European, usually Spanish, ancestry.

2. a person born in Louisiana but of usually French ancestry.

3. (sometimes lowercase) a person of mixed black and European, especially French or Spanish, ancestry who speaks a creolized form of French or Spanish.

4. (usually lowercase) a creolized language; a pidgin that has become the native language of a speech community.Compare pidgin.

5. the creolized French language of the de

More examples(as adjective)

"languages can be creole by virtues."

"languages can be creole between englishs."

"accounts can be creole by socialisations."

"features can be creole."

"languages can be creole."

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Origin

(Creole)From French créole, criole, from Spanish criollo, probably from Portuguese crioulo ‘black person born in Brazil’, from criar ‘to breed’, from Latin creare ‘produce, create’.