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[haf-kast, hahf-kahst]Disparaging and Offensive.
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  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a person of mixed racial or ethnic descent.
  2. a contemptuous term used to refer to a person of mixed European and Hindu or European and Muslim parentage.
  3. a contemptuous term used to refer to a person descended from parents of two different social strata.
  1. of or relating to a half-caste.

Origin of half-caste

First recorded in 1785–95
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Examples from the Web for half-caste

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Historical Examples

  • In 1856 the gala days of this half-caste people were quite over.

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • Later on I let it go for a tenth of its value to a Dutch half-caste.

  • She was very beautiful and imposing,” he reflected, “but after all a half-caste girl.

    Almayer's Folly

    Joseph Conrad

  • There used to be a half-caste woman in my house, but she is going even now.

    Almayer's Folly

    Joseph Conrad

  • Schomberg said there was a place kept by a Portuguese half-caste.


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for half-caste


  1. a person having parents of different races, esp the offspring of a European and an Indian
  1. of, relating to, or designating such a person
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