half-breed

noun

ˈhaf-ˌbrēd How to pronounce half-breed (audio)
ˈhäf-
plural half-breeds
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
half-breed adjective offensive

Word History

First Known Use

1732, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of half-breed was in 1732

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Cite this Entry

“Half-breed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half-breed. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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