Creole
noun Etymology: French créole, from Spanish criollo, from Portuguese crioulo white person born in the colonies Date: 1737 1. a person of European descent born especially in the West Indies or Spanish America 2. a white person descended from early French or Spanish settlers of the United States Gulf states and preserving their speech and culture 3. a person of mixed French or Spanish and black descent speaking a dialect of French or Spanish 4. a. a language evolved from pidginized French that is spoken by blacks in southern Louisiana b. Haitian c. not capitalized a language that has evolved from a pidgin but serves as the native language of a speech community

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  • créole — [ kreɔl ] n. et adj. • 1670; altér. de criolle, criollo, a 1643; esp. criollo, du port. crioulo « serviteur nourri dans la maison », de criar « nourrir » 1 ♦ Personne de race blanche, née dans les colonies intertropicales, notamment les Antilles… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Creole — may refer to: Languages A Creole language is a stable, full fledged language that originated from a pidgin or combination of other languages. Creole languages subgroups may include: Arabic based creole languages Dutch based creole languages… …   Wikipedia

  • Creole — Créole Pour les articles homonymes, voir Créole (homonymie) …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Creole — steht für: Kreole (Schmuck), eine bestimmte Art von Ohrringen Creole (Louisiana), eine Stadt in Louisiana, USA Kreolen, bestimmte Bevölkerungsgruppen in Nord und Südamerika Creole (Festival), ein deutscher Musikpreis für Weltmusik Creole… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Creole — Cre ole (kr? ?l), n. [F. cr?ole, Sp. criollo, from an American negro word, perh. a corruption of a Sp. criadillo, dim. of criado servant, formerly also, child, fr. L. creatus, p. p. of creare to create. Cf. {Create}.] One born of European parents …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Creole — Cre ole (kr? ?l), a. Of or pertaining to a Creole or the Creoles. [1913 Webster] Note: In New Orleans the word Creole is applied to any product, or variety of manufacture, peculiar to Louisiana; as, Creole ponies, chickens, cows, shoes, eggs,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • creole — A creole is a language formed from the contact of a European language (especially English, French, or Portuguese) with another (especially African) language. Unlike a pidgin, which is an improvised language used mainly by traders who do not have… …   Modern English usage

  • Creole — [krē′ōl΄] n. [Fr créole < Sp criollo < Port crioulo, native to the region, born at home < criar, to rear, nourish < L creare,CREATE] 1. a person of European parentage born in the West Indies, Central America, tropical South America,… …   English World dictionary

  • créole — CRÉOLE. sub. masc. et fém. Nom qu on donne à un Européen d origine qui est né en Amérique. Un créole, une créole …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • creole — (n.) c.1600, from Fr. créole (17c.), from Sp. criollo person native to a locality, from Port. crioulo, dim. of cria person (especially a servant) raised in one s house, from criar to raise or bring up, from L. creare to produce, create (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Creole — (vom span. Criollo, erzeugt), in den Colonien geborne Einwohner europäischen, unvermischten Stammes; in Nordamerika die in den Colonien geborenen Neger; in Russischamerika die von Europäern und Einheimischen erzeugten Blendlinge …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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