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creole


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Creole  \Cre"ole\  (kr?"?l),  n.  [F.  cr?ole,  Sp  criollo,  from  an 
  American  negro  word  perh.  a  corruption  of  a  Sp  criadillo 
  dim.  of  criado  servant,  formerly  also  child,  fr  L.  creatus 
  p.  p.  of  creare  to  create.  Cf  {Create}.] 
  One  born  of  European  parents  in  the  American  colonies  of 
  France  or  Spain  or  in  the  States  which  were  once  such 
  colonies,  esp.  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. 
 
  Note:  ``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.''  --R. 
  Hildreth. 
 
  Note:  ``The  title  [Creole]  did  not  first  belong  to  the 
  descendants  of  Spanish,  but  of  French,  settlers,  But 
  such  a  meaning  implied  a  certain  excellence  of  origin, 
  and  so  came  early  to  include  any  native  of  French  or 
  Spanish  descent  by  either  parent,  whose  nonalliance 
  with  the  slave  race  entitled  him  to  social  rank.  Later 
  the  term  was  adopted  by  not  conceded  to  the  natives 
  of  mixed  blood,  and  is  still  so  used  among  themselves. 
  .  .  .  Besides  French  and  Spanish,  there  are  even  for 
  convenience  of  speech,  'colored'  Creoles;  but  there  are 
  no  Italian,  or  Sicilian,  nor  any  English,  Scotch, 
  Irish,  or  'Yankee'  Creoles,  unless  of  parentage  married 
  into  and  themselves  thoroughly  proselyted  in  Creole 
  society.''  --G.  W.  Cable. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Creole  \Cre"ole\  (kr?"?l),  a. 
  Of  or  pertaining  to  a  Creole  or  the  Creoles. 
 
  Note:  In  New  Orleans  the  word  Creole  is  applied  to  any 
  product,  or  variety  of  manufacture,  peculiar  to 
  Louisiana;  as  Creole  ponies,  chickens,  cows,  shoes, 
  eggs,  wagons,  baskets,  etc 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Creole 
  adj  1:  of  or  relating  to  a  language  that  arises  from  contact 
  between  two  other  languages  and  has  features  of  both 
  "Creole  grammars"  [syn:  {Creole}] 
  2:  of  or  relating  to  or  characteristic  of  native-born  persons 
  of  French  descent  in  Louisiana;  "Creole  cooking"  [syn:  {Creole}] 
  n  1:  a  person  of  European  descent  born  in  the  W  Indies  or  Spanish 
  America  [syn:  {Creole}] 
  2:  a  person  descended  from  French  ancestors  in  southern  US 
  especially  Louisiana  [syn:  {Creole}] 
  3:  a  mother  tongue  that  originates  from  contact  between  two 
  languages 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Creole,  LA 
  Zip  code(s):  70632 




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