Definition of Metis

1. Noun. A person in western Canada who is of Caucasian and American Indian ancestry.

Geographical relationships: Canada
Generic synonyms: Mixed-blood

Definition of Metis

1. Proper noun. (Canada) One of three recognized Aboriginal peoples of Canada, descendants of marriages of Cree, Ojibwa, Saulteaux, and Menominee Aboriginal people with French Canadians, Scots and English. ¹

2. Proper noun. (chiefly Canada) A person of mixed European and Aboriginal descent. Often uncapitalized. ¹

3. Proper noun. (Greek god) The personification of "Wisdom". Daughter of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys. She was a Titan, but not one of the first twelve Titans. First spouse of Zeus, and the mother of Athena, goddess of wisdom. She symbolises the divine wisdom. ¹

4. Proper noun. (astronomy) A satellite of Jupiter. ¹

5. Proper noun. (astronomy) 9 Metis, the asteroid. ¹

6. Proper noun. (alternative spelling of Metis) ¹

7. Noun. (chiefly Canada) A person of mixed European and Aboriginal descent. Often uncapitalized. ¹

8. Noun. practical intelligence; street smarts. ¹

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Definition of Metis

1. a person of mixed ancestry [n METIS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Metis

metis (current term)
metlegoglobin reductase
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Literary usage of Metis

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1. Proceedings and Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada: DĂ©liberations by Royal Society of Canada (1890)
"The beds at Little metis have hitherto been very unproductive of fossils, but in the summer of 188*Г, Dr. BJ Harrington, FG-.S., was so fortunate as to ..."

2. Report of Progress for by Geological Survey of Canada (1858)
"metis River, and between metis and the Matapedia. 63. ... Anne, from the middle of June till the middle of July ; between metis and Lake Matapedia, ..."

3. Father Lacombe: The Black-robe Voyageur by Katherine Hughes (1920)
"They knew he could prevail on him, for like all the metis of Manitoba Riel regarded Alexandre Tache as the warmest friend of his race among the whites. ..."

4. The Manitoba School Question: Being a Compilation of the Legislation, the by John Skirving Ewart (1894)
"On the 13th of September, Elzear Goulet (a metis) was set upon, in Winnipeg, by a man who had been one of Riel's prisoners, and by some of Wolseley's ..."

5. Macmillan's Magazine by David Masson, George Grove, John Morley, Mowbray Morris (1885)
"The main business of this commission has been to grant what the metis asked—the same compensation that the metis of Manitoba obtained fifteen years ago. ..."

6. Our Debt to the Red Man: The French-Indians in the Development of the United by Louise Seymour Houghton (1918)
"The early civilization of much of our Middle West may be traced to metis traders. We have seen the attitude of England on the subject of the Indian trade ..."

7. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the District Courts of the United by United States District Court (New York), United States District Court (Vermont) (1874)
"... The Steamer metis. Hawkins of the $1564, with interest; (5.) For the transfer of the remainder of the estate by the assignees to the bankrupts jointly, ..."

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