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[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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for creature
  • It's certainly not a kind or sweet thing to do to a creature.
  • The creature it belonged to ploughed against the current for a while, and then disappeared.
  • It's blue, comes from a creature more ancient than dinosaurs, and saves countless human lives.
  • After its wings harden, over the course of several hours to several days, the creature will become a remarkable aerialist.
  • The cute little creature requires a lot of ingenuity to foil because he is persistent, intelligent, and skillful.
  • We're sedentary people devoted to our creature comforts.
  • Tell students that you will provide clues about a specific feature or creature that can be found on public lands.
  • And an active warm-blooded creature can exceed it's predicted metabolic rate by as much as a factor of ten.
  • But the key to any truly superlative creature design is to surprise us and make us marvel at a new vision made real.
  • It is not a mythical creature or someones nightmares coming to life.
British Dictionary definitions for creature


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
creatural, creaturely, adjective
creatureliness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Church Latin crēatūra, from Latin crēare to create
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Word Origin and History for creature

late 13c., "anything created," also "living being," from Old French creature (Modern French créature), from Late Latin creatura "thing created," from creatus, past participle of Latin creare "create" (see create). Meaning "anything that ministers to man's comforts" (1610s), after I Tim. iv:4, led to jocular use for "whiskey" (1630s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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creature in the Bible

denotes the whole creation in Rom. 8:39; Col. 1:15; Rev. 5:13; the whole human race in Mark 16:15; Rom. 8:19-22. The living creatures in Ezek. 10:15, 17, are imaginary beings, symbols of the Divine attributes and operations.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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