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[haf-kast, hahf-kahst] /ˈhæfˌkæst, ˈhɑfˌkɑst/ Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a person of mixed racial or ethnic descent.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a person of mixed European and Hindu or European and Muslim parentage.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a person descended from parents of two different social strata.
of or relating to a half-caste.
Origin of half-caste
1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Later on I let it go for a tenth of its value to a Dutch half-caste.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • Then the half-caste unfolded his plan to Palmer and his wife.

  • Among these was a half-caste, the son of a very prominent white official.

  • The half-caste peaked and socketed his oar, and looked at the officer.

  • He started forward half involuntarily when the Portuguese half-caste kicked her.

    Black Ivory R.M. Ballantyne
  • The half-caste smiled and nodded acquiescence as he folded up the money.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • I had given notice to one of the Melbourne police as he came aboard, and he arrested the half-caste, known as Warrigal.

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • In that case,” replied the half-caste, “I can return to the coast without you.

    Black Ivory R.M. Ballantyne
  • The chief item on the programme was the "haka," or ancient Maori war dance, which was performed by four half-caste Maori youths.

British Dictionary definitions for half-caste


a person having parents of different races, esp the offspring of a European and an Indian
of, relating to, or designating such a person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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