Definition of Half-breed

1. Noun. An offensive term for an offspring of parents of different races (especially of Caucasian and American Indian ancestry).

Language type: Depreciation, Derogation, Disparagement
Generic synonyms: Half-caste



2. Adjective. (of animals) having only one purebred parent.
Exact synonyms: Half-blooded, Half-bred
Category relationships: Animal, Animate Being, Beast, Brute, Creature, Fauna
Similar to: Crossbred

Definition of Half-breed

1. Noun. (derogatory) A person of mixed racial parentage or ancestry, especially one of mixed white and American Indian parentage. ¹

2. Adjective. (context: of an animal) having one purebred parent; hybrid ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Half-breed

1. A person who is blooded; the offspring of parents of different races, especially of the American Indian and the white race. See: Half-blooded. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Half-breed

half-awake
half-axial projection
half-back
half-baked
half-ball
half-birthday
half-birthdays
half-blood
half-blooded
half-boot
half-boots
half-bound
half-brained
half-break
half-bred
half-breed (current term)
half-brethren
half-brother
half-brothers
half-caste
half-castes
half-cell
half-cells
half-century
half-chair form
half-chance
half-clothed
half-cock
half-cocked
half-court line

Literary usage of Half-breed

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1867)
"With a view to obtain some knowledge of the condition of the prisoners, by inducing Little Crow to send me some half-breed with whom I could communicate on ..."

2. Publication of the American Sociological Society by American Sociological Association (1918)
"The "half-breed" is outside the group laws more than are his fellows. This fact is so patent that the modern world has gotten in the habit of speaking of ..."

3. United States Statutes at Large: Containing the Laws and Concurrent by United States (1846)
"... to wit ; The United States agree to pay to - Wayman for the use and benefit of his half-breed child by a Fox woman named Ni-an-no, one thousand dollars, ..."

4. Recollections of a Long Life, 1829-1915 by Isaac Stephenson (1915)
"CHAPTER XVII Organization of the half-breed faction in Wisconsin and election of La Follette as Governor — Railroad domination of politics — Financing the ..."

5. Works by Washington Irving (1895)
"Hunters' Stories—Habits of the Wild Horse—The Half-Breed and His Prize—A Horse Chase— A Wild Spirit Tamed. WE tad encamped in a good neighborhood for game, ..."

6. Our Wild Indians: Thirty-three Years Personal Experience Among the Red Men by Richard Irving Dodge (1884)
"... Wives and half-breed Children — Growing Rich — Influence with Washington Magnates — The Squaw Men — Adventurers and Outcasts — The Asylum of Thieves and ..."

7. Travels in North America During the Years 1834, 1835 & 1836: Including a by Charles Augustus Murray (1839)
"A half-breed Interpreter.—Hunting Expedition on Turkey River.—Stratagem of our Indian Neighbours.—Bee- hunting.—A Stag bathing.—Disappointment. ..."

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