or me·tis

[mey-tees, -tee]

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.

Nearby words

  1. méringue,
  2. mésalliance,
  3. métayage,
  4. métayer,
  5. métier,
  6. métisse,
  7. mézair,
  8. mézières,
  9. míkonos,
  10. mílos

Origin of métis

1810–20; < French, Middle French < Late Latin mixtīcius of mixed blood

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British Dictionary definitions for métis


noun plural -tis (-ˈtiːs, -ˈtiːz)

a person of mixed parentage
  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 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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Word Origin and History for métis
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