Dictionary.com

half-breed

[ haf-breed, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˌbrid, ˈhɑf- /
Disparaging and Offensive.
Save This Word!

noun
a contemptuous term used to refer to the offspring of parents of different racial origin, especially the offspring of an American Indian and a white person of European descent.
adjective
of or relating to such offspring.
QUIZ
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on “shall” versus “should”? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

Origin of half-breed

An Americanism dating back to 1750–60
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use half-breed in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for half-breed

half-breed

noun
offensive a person whose parents are of different races, esp the offspring of a White person and an American Indian
adjective also: half-bred
of, relating to, or designating offspring of people or animals of different races or breeds
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK