- any person of mixed ancestry.
- (initial capital letter) Canadian. the offspring of an American Indian and a white person, especially one of French ancestry.
Origin of métis
1810–20; < French, Middle French < Late Latin mixtīcius of mixed blood
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- a person of mixed parentage
- the offspring or a descendant of a French Canadian and a North American Indian
- 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
- US a person having one eighth Black ancestry; octoroon
C19: from French, from Vulgar Latin mixtīcius (unattested) of mixed race; compare mestizo
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Word Origin and History for métis
first wife of Zeus, from Greek Metis, literally "advice, wisdom, counsel; cunning, skill, craft," from PIE root *me- "to measure" (see meter (n.2)).
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