Definition of Cree in English:



  • 1A member of an indigenous people living in a vast area of central Canada.

    • ‘This Offshore Overlap Agreement is another important step in Crees and Inuit co-operation and sharing.’
    • ‘As well, the Crees retained eligibility for all Indian Affairs programs, such as those for housing.’
    • ‘In his memoirs, Granville Stuart alleged that bands of Crees and other ‘British’ Indians butchered thousands of head of cattle during winter 1880.’
    • ‘The second part of the strategy to induce the Crees to stay in Canada included the abandonment of Fort Walsh in May 1883.’
    • ‘Indian Affairs came to control the political affairs of the Crees under the Indian Act, and minimal social services such as pensions became available to many.’
  • 2mass noun The Algonquian language of the Cree, closely related to Montagnais. It has about 60,000 speakers.

    • ‘It is related linguistically to the languages not only of the Ottawa and Potawatomi but also of the Fox, Cree, and Menominee.’
    • ‘The flicker of candles provided the only light and the rafters creaked along, shaking with the sound of elders singing in Cree.’
    • ‘And that's in Cree, which comes from the Algonquin language.’
    • ‘There are Masses in Cree, Chipweyan, Blackfoot and Dene as well as English.’
    • ‘The old thinking was that it came from Cree, derogatorily meaning, ‘Eaters of Raw Meat.’’


  • Relating to the Cree or their language.

    • ‘It comes from the language of the Cree tribe further south, where it means ‘eater of raw meat’.’
    • ‘The provisions combine a high degree of Cree participation in elementary and secondary education, with final decision-making and legislative power resting in Quebec.’
    • ‘Some sports will also take place in Fort Chipewyan, a small isolated Cree community a 30-minute flight from Fort McMurray.’
    • ‘Ninety-six percent of the company's power comes from hydroelectricity, half of which is generated on Cree territory, she said.’
    • ‘But determining the amount of Cree land surrendered is especially complicated given that the agreement confirms varying degrees of Cree rights in the whole region.’


From Canadian French Cris, abbreviation of Cristinaux, from Algonquian.