métis

or me·tis

[ mey-tees, -tee ]
/ meɪˈtis, -ˈti /

noun, plural mé·tis [mey-tees, -teez] /meɪˈtis, -ˈtiz/.

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

Definition for metis (2 of 2)

Metis
[ mee-tis ]
/ ˈmi tɪs /

noun Classical Mythology.

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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British Dictionary definitions for metis

Métis
/ (mɛˈtiːs) /

noun plural -tis (-ˈtiːs, -ˈtiːz)

a person of mixed parentage
Canadian
  1. the offspring or a descendant of a French Canadian and a North American Indian
  2. 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

Derived forms of Métis

Mtisse (mɛˈtiːs), fem n

Word Origin for Métis

C19: from French, from Vulgar Latin mixtīcius (unattested) of mixed race; compare mestizo
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