mé·​tis mā-ˈtē(s) How to pronounce métis (audio)
plural métis mā-ˈtē(s) How to pronounce métis (audio)
: a person of mixed blood
especially, usually Métis : the offspring of an Indigenous American and a person of European ancestry

Note: In Canada, the name Métis refers to one of three major, legally recognized groups of aboriginal peoples, the other two being the First Nations and the Inuit.

Word History


French, from Late Latin mixticius mixed — more at mestizo

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of métis was in 1810

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Cite this Entry

“Métis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/m%C3%A9tis. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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