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Definition of "half-breed" []

  • Offensive A person of mixed racial descent, especially a person of Native American and white parentage. (noun)
  • Half-blooded; hybrid. Used of animals. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "half-breed" in a sentence
  • "Felix Ward was what used to be called a half-breed."
  • "And that handsome-looking fellow putting the capote under his head is a French half-breed, -- you heard him talking; he doesn't like the two Indians turning in next to him."
  • "Lit-lit was the daughter of Snettishane, a prominent chief in the tribe, by a half-breed mother, and to him the Factor fared casually one summer day to open negotiations of marriage."