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Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: créole, from Spanish, from Portuguese crioulo 'black person born in Brazil, home-born slave', from criar 'to breed', from Latin creare; CREATE


Related topics: Languages
1 [uncountable and countable]SLL a language that is a combination of a European language with one or more other languages [↪ pidgin]


a) someone whose family was originally from both Europe and Africa
b) someone whose family were originally French settlers in the southern US
3 [uncountable] food prepared in the spicy strong-tasting style of the southern US:
shrimp creole
creole adjective

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