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[ haf-kast, hahf-kahst ]
/ ˈhæfˌkæst, ˈhɑfˌkɑst /
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.
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Origin of half-caste
First recorded in 1785–95
Words nearby half-caste
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British Dictionary definitions for half-caste
/ taboo /
a person having parents of different races, esp the offspring of a European and an Indian
of, relating to, or designating such a person
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