half-breed

noun
\ ˈhaf-ˌbrēd How to pronounce half-breed (audio) , ˈhäf- \
plural half-breeds

Definition of half-breed

offensive
: the offspring of parents of different races (see race entry 1 sense 1a) especially : the offspring of an American Indian and a white person

Other Words from half-breed

half-breed adjective, offensive

First Known Use of half-breed

1760, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of half-breed was in 1760

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20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Half-breed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half-breed. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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half-breed

noun
How to pronounce half-breed (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of half-breed

offensive : a person who has parents of different races especially : a person who has a Native American parent and a white parent

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