métis

noun
mé·​tis | \ mā-ˈtē(s) How to pronounce métis (audio) \
plural métis\ mā-​ˈtē(s) How to pronounce métis (audio) , -​ˈtēz \

Definition of métis

: 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.

First Known Use of métis

1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for métis

French, from Late Latin mixticius mixed — more at mestizo

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“Métis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/m%C3%A9tis. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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