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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
First recorded in 1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for half-caste
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  • 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.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • 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.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • One was a Chinese half-caste, the son of a rich Chinaman then living.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • The shot told, for as the half-caste rose to his feet he staggered.

  • Then the half-caste unfolded his plan to Palmer and his wife.

  • But Louis, the Chinese half-caste with the Oxford accent, was more frank.

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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