[ 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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[ Canadian mey-tee; mey-tee, -tees ]
/ Canadian ˈmeɪ ti; meɪˈti, -ˈtis /
noun, plural Mé·tis [Canadian mey-tee, mey-teez; mey-tee, -teez]. /Canadian ˈmeɪ ti, ˈmeɪ tiz; meɪˈti, -ˈtiz/.
Canadian. a person of mixed First Nations and European ancestry: a member of the Métis Nation , recognized constitutionally as one of Canada’s rights-bearing Indigenous peoples.
métis, any person of mixed racial ancestry.
Canadian. belonging or relating to the Métis: Métis communities developed along the fur trade routes.
métis, being of mixed racial ancestry.
Also me·tis (for defs. 2, 4) .
Origin of Métis
First recorded in 1810–20; from French, Middle French, from Late Latin mixtīcius “of mixed blood”
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British Dictionary definitions for Metis
noun plural -tis (-ˈtiːs, -ˈtiːz)
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
Derived forms of MétisMtisse (mɛˈtiːs), fem n
Word Origin for Métis
C19: from French, from Vulgar Latin mixtīcius (unattested) of mixed race; compare mestizo
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