[haf-bluhd, hahf-]


a half-breed.
a person who has only one parent in common with another person, as a half sister or half brother.

Origin of half-blood

1400–50; late Middle English half blod

half blood


the relation between persons having only one common parent.

Origin of half blood

First recorded in 1545–55
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Examples from the Web for half-blood

Contemporary Examples of half-blood

  • If Harry is distantly related to Dracula, is he a half-blood prince?

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    Harry's Easter Haunts

    Tom Sykes

    April 10, 2012

  • The Half-Blood Prince is really, really good but I want the last one to be the best.

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    Daniel Radcliffe, Dark Prince

    Kevin Sessums

    July 15, 2009

Historical Examples of half-blood

  • As a half-blood gypsy tinker he must have been self-contained and pleasant.

    The Gypsies

    Charles G. Leland

  • That the stranger was a half-blood could be seen at a glance.

  • The urging of the half-blood was in vain, and he was forced to give it up.

  • The half-blood said nothing, but he and his companions were beginning to finger their weapons.

  • The horses were tethered near the cabin, and a half-blood Indian was watching them.

British Dictionary definitions for half-blood



  1. the relationship between individuals having only one parent in common
  2. an individual having such a relationship
a less common name for a half-breed
a half-blooded domestic animal
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