half-breed

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj half-breed (of animals) having only one purebred parent
    • n half-breed an offensive term for an offspring of parents of different races (especially of Caucasian and American Indian ancestry)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Half-breed A person who is half-blooded; the offspring of parents of different races, especially of the American Indian and the white race.
    • a Half-breed Half-blooded.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n half-breed One who is half-blooded; one descended from parents or ancestors of different races: specifically applied to persons descended from certain races of different physical characteristics, as the offspring of American Indians and whites. In this expression persons with any perceptible trace of Indian blood, whether mixed with white or with negro stock, are popularly included. F. A. Walker.
    • n half-breed In United States politics, a member of a faction in the Republican party in the State of New York, in 1881 and the years immediately following, which opposed the portion of the party in that State which had control of the party organization: so called in derision, as being but half Republican, by the members of the opposite faction or “stalwarts.”
    • half-breed Half-blood.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Half-breed one that is half-blooded
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. healf (Ger. halb, Dan. halv); original meaning 'side.'

Usage

In literature:

High cheek-bones and lank coarse hair betrayed the half-breed.
"Old Kaskaskia" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
I should have known better than to let the half-breed scamp go.
"The Place Beyond the Winds" by Harriet T. Comstock
Farther away was a long open shed, under which those big canoes were built, then a few small huts where the half-breeds lived.
"The Drama of the Forests" by Arthur Heming
The boy, a half-breed in ragged clothes, came close and peered into his face.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
Amongst the Indians there were a great many half-breeds, who led an Indian life.
"Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819-20-21-22, Volume 1" by John Franklin
A moment or two later he was gazing up smilingly into the face of a man who was obviously a half-breed.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Their squaws, patches of color against the walls, sat docile, with the swarthy, half-breed children playing about their feet.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
They are not strictly half-breeds, for the Indian element stands out most prominent.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
Even our half-breed scouts refuse to make further trial.
"Warrior Gap" by Charles King
The half-breeds are gathering to kill you!
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
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In poetry:

Gatineau Point
A HALF-BREED, slim, and sallow of face,
Alphonse lies full length on his raft,
The hardy son of a hybrid race.
"From 'Down the River'" by Susie Frances Harrison
I can’t sleep. Homer, and the taut white sails.
I could the list of ships read only to a half:
The long-long breed, the train of flying cranes
Had lifted once the ancient Greece above.
""I can't sleep..."" by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam

In news:

The 60-year-old turtle named Sir Thomas Turtleton weighs 600 pounds and has spent half of his life in a turtle breeding farm.
Half-Breed ' and 'Dirty Drunken Half-Breed ' chucked from burger menu.
What we see are Westernized half-breeds, divested of poverty and safety-padded for weekends at the middle-class art house.
Bulldogs, pugs, similar breeds made up about half of deaths in past 5 years.
Why biologists believe that the number of endangered Whooping Crane s that breed in Canada and winter in Texas may not reach 1,000 birds, an important goal for the recovery of the species, for another half century.
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