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  • n. A dialect formed from two languages which has developed from a pidgin to become a first language.


An adaptation of the Castilian Spanish criollo ("homey, local yokel"), from Portuguese crioulo, diminutive of cria ("person raised in one’s house, servant"), from Portuguese criar ("to rear, to bring up"), from Latin creo ("to create"), which came into English via French between 1595 and 1605. (Wiktionary)



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  • of or relating to a language that arises from contact between two other languages and has features of both.

    A language derived from a pidgin but more complex in grammar and vocabulary than the ancestral pidgin because it has become the native tongue of a community.

    February 26, 2007