Pronunciation: (krē'ōl), [key]
1. a person born in the West Indies or Spanish America but of European, usually Spanish, ancestry.
2. a person born in Louisiana but of usually French ancestry.
3. (sometimes l.c.) a person of mixed black and European, esp. French or Spanish, ancestry who speaks a creolized form of French or Spanish.
4. (usually l.c.) a creolized language; a pidgin that has become the native language of a speech community. Cf. pidgin.
5. the creolized French language of the descendants of the original settlers of Louisiana. Cf. Cajun.
6. See Haitian Creole.
7. (usually l.c.) Archaic.a black person born in the New World, as distinguished from one brought there from Africa.
1. (sometimes l.c.) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a Creole or Creoles.
2. (usually l.c.) Cookery.indicating a spicy sauce or dish made esp. with tomatoes, peppers, onions, celery, and seasonings, and often served with rice.
3. (sometimes l.c.) bred or growing in a country, but of foreign origin, as an animal or plant.
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