Meaning of “creature” in the English Dictionary

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"creature" in British English

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creaturenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkriː.tʃər/ us /ˈkriː.tʃɚ/

B1 any large or small living thing that can move independently:

Rainforests are filled with amazing creatures.
Don't all living creatures have certain rights?
Blue whales are the largest creatures ever to have lived.

used to refer to a life form that is unusual or imaginary:

The unicorn is a mythical creature.
The film was about creatures from outer space.
The duck-billed platypus is a truly bizarre creature.

used to refer to a person when an opinion is being expressed about them:

John is a strange/weak/pathetic creature.
A lovely blonde creature (= a beautiful blonde woman) walked into the room.

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  • The unicorn is a fabulous creature.
  • Strangely, no one believed us when we told them we'd been visited by a creature from Mars.
  • We saw many creatures of the forest.
  • His book examines the symbolism of many mythical creatures.
  • The log was home to all sorts of little creatures.

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

"creature" in American English

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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 seems clear to me that people are creatures of emotion.

(Definition of “creature” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)