[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for métis
/ (mɛˈtiːs) /
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 FormsMtisse (mɛˈtiːs), fem n
Word Origin for Métis
C19: from French, from Vulgar Latin mixtīcius (unattested) of mixed race; compare mestizo
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