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." The exact sense varies
with local use. ORIGINALLY
with no connotation of color or race
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
3. (sometimes lowercase) a person of mixed black
and European, esp. French
or Spanish, ancestry who speaks a creolized form
4. (usually lowercase) a creolized language; a pidgin
that has become the native
language of a speech community.
5. the creolized French
language of the descendants of the original settlers of Louisiana. Cajun
6. Haitian Creole.
7. a black person born
in the New World, as distinguished from
one brought there from
8. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a Creole or Creoles.
9. a spicy sauce or dish made esp. with tomatoes, peppers, onions, celery, and seasonings, and often served
10. bred or growing in a country, but of foreign
origin, as an animal or plant.