[ kree-cher ]
/ ˈkri tʃər /


an animal, especially a nonhuman: the creatures of the woods and fields; a creature from outer space.
anything created, whether animate or inanimate.
person; human being: She is a charming creature. The driver of a bus is sometimes an irritable creature.
an animate being.
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.
Scot. and Older U.S. Use. intoxicating liquor, especially whiskey (usually preceded by the): He drinks a bit of the creature before bedtime.

Origin of creature

1250–1300; Middle English creature < Late Latin creātūra act of creating. See create, -ure

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British Dictionary definitions for creature

/ (ˈkriːtʃə) /


a living being, esp an animal
something that has been created, whether animate or inanimate a creature of the imagination
a human being; person: used as a term of scorn, pity, or endearment
a person who is dependent upon another; tool or puppet

Derived forms of creature

creatural or creaturely, adjective creatureliness, noun

Word Origin for creature

C13: from Church Latin crēatūra, from Latin crēare to create