An adaptation of the Castilian Spanish criollo (“homey, local yokel”), from Portuguese crioulo, diminutive of cria (“person raised in one’s house, servant”), from Portuguese criar (“to rear, to bring up”), from Latin creo (“to create”), which came into English via French between 1595 and 1605.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkriəʊl/
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- Rhymes: -iəʊl
- (US) enPR: krēʹōl, IPA(key): /ˈkrioʊl/
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- Rhymes: -ioʊl
creole (plural creoles)
- (linguistics) A lect formed from two or more languages which has developed from a pidgin to become a first language.