métis

métis

[mey-tees, -tee]
noun, plural métis [mey-tees, -teez] .
1.
any person of mixed ancestry.
2.
(initial capital letter) Canadian. the offspring of an American Indian and a white person, especially one of French ancestry.
Also, metis.


Origin:
1810–20; < French, Middle French < Late Latin mixtīcius of mixed blood

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Métis (mɛˈtiːs)
 
n , pl -tis
1.  a person of mixed parentage
2.  (Canadian)
 a.  the offspring or a descendant of a French Canadian and a North American Indian
 b.  a member or descendant of a group of such people, who established themselves in Manitoba and Saskatchewan as a distinct political and cultural force during the nineteenth century
3.  (US) a person having one eighth Black ancestry; octoroon
 
[C19: from French, from Vulgar Latin mixtīcius (unattested) of mixed race; compare mestizo]
 
Métisse
 
fem n

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Metis
first wife of Zeus, from Gk. Metis, lit. "wisdom, skill, craft," from PIE base *me- "to measure."
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