- 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
- a Titaness, the daughter of Oceanus and Tethys and the mother of Athena by Zeus. Zeus swallowed Metis, and Athena was born from his head.
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Examples from the Web for metis
Here thousands of metis, or French half-breeds, had settled.The Canadian Dominion
Oscar D. Skelton
Many of them are Metis, or half-breeds, the descendants of French and Indians.America, Volume IV (of 6)
The metis, of French and Chippewa blood, were famous as hunters and trappers.North Dakota
Zeus, therefore, persuaded Metis to transform herself into a fly.Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)
The Metis, on his side, covered the young nobleman with his carbine.
- 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
Word Origin and History for metis
first wife of Zeus, from Greek Metis, literally "advice, wisdom, counsel; cunning, skill, craft," from PIE root *me- "to measure" (see meter (n.2)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper