from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something created.
- n. A living being, especially an animal: land creatures; microscopic creatures in a drop of water.
- n. A human.
- n. An imaginary or fantastical being: mythological creatures; a creature from outer space.
- n. One dependent on or subservient to another.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A created thing, whether animate or inanimate; a creation.
- n. A living being; an animal or human.
- n. A being subservient to or dependent upon another.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Anything created; anything not self-existent; especially, any being created with life; an animal; a man.
- n. A human being, in pity, contempt, or endearment.
- n. A person who owes his rise and fortune to another; a servile dependent; an instrument; a tool.
- n. A general term among farmers for horses, oxen, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A created thing; hence, a thing in general, animate or inanimate.
- n. Specifically, and most commonly, a living created being; an animal or animate being.
- n. In a limited sense, a human being: used absolutely or with an epithet (poor, idle, low, etc., or good, pretty, sweet, etc.), in contempt, commiseration, or endearment: as, an idle creature; what a creature! a pretty creature; a sweet creature.
- n. Something regarded as created by, springing from, or entirely dependent upon something else.
- n. Specifically, a person who owes his rise and fortune to another; one who is subject to the will or influence of another; an instrument; a tool.
- n. Intoxicating drink, especially whisky.
- Of or belonging to the body: as, creature comforts.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a human being; `wight' is an archaic term
- n. a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
- n. a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else
Existing since Middle English in the original sense of “a created thing”, borrowed via Old French, from Late Latin creatura, from creare. (Wiktionary)