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.
Creole (plural Creoles)
- From Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
- A Creole is somebody born of European parents in the American colonies of France or Spain or in the States which were once such colonies, especially a person of French or Spanish descent, who is a native inhabitant of Louisiana, or one of the States adjoining, bordering on the Gulf of of Mexico.
- The term Creole negro is employed in the English West Indies to distinguish the negroes born there from the Africans imported during the time of the slave trade. The application of this term to the colored people has led to an idea common in some parts of the United States, though wholly unfounded, that it implies an admixture greater or less of African blood.
- A French-African ethnic group in Louisiana.
- Any specific creole language, especially that of Haiti.
- She grew up speaking Creole.