métisse

métisse

[mey-tees]
noun, plural métisses [mey-tees, -tee-siz] .
1.
a woman of mixed ancestry.
2.
(initial capital letter) Canadian. a woman of white, especially French, and American Indian parentage.
Also, metisse.


Origin:
1890–95; < French; feminine of métis

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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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