Definition - A language developed by mixing the vocabulary and grammar of other languages. For example, Jamaican Creole consists largely of English words expressed via West African grammar.

1. They differ from pidgins because they have the natural-language grammatical features that are normally missing from pidgins. Hence, Steven Pinker describes a creole as: "The language that results when children make a pidgin their native tongue."

Etymology -
The word derives from the Portuguese crioulo, home-born slave. Ultimately, it derives from the Latin creare, to produce or create.

Oxford English Dictionary -
The term's first citation in this sense is from 1879: "I explique myself to her, and she tell me in Creole—[etc.]."
(L. Hearn Creole Sk. (1924) 54)

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