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Meaning of “creature” in the English Dictionary

"creature" in British English

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creaturenoun [C]

uk   /ˈkriː.tʃər/  us   /-tʃɚ/
B1 any ​large or ​smallliving thing that can ​moveindependently: Rainforests are ​filled with ​amazing creatures. Don't all living creatures have ​certainrights? Blue ​whales are the ​largest creatures ​ever to have ​lived. used to refer to a ​lifeform that is ​unusual or ​imaginary: The ​unicorn is a ​mythical creature. The ​film was about creatures from ​outerspace. The duck-billed ​platypus is a ​trulybizarre creature. used to refer to a ​person when an ​opinion is being ​expressed about them: John is a ​strange/​weak/​pathetic creature. A ​lovelyblonde creature (= a ​beautifulblonde woman)walked into the ​room.

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(Definition of creature from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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creaturenoun [C]

 us   /ˈkri·tʃər/
any ​living thing, esp. an ​animal A creature can be a ​person when an ​opinion is being ​expressed about them: It ​seemsclear to me that ​people are creatures of ​emotion.
(Definition of creature from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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