Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person of mixed racial parentage or ancestry, especially one of mixed white and American Indian parentage.
  • adj. having one purebred parent; hybrid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Half-blooded.
  • n. A person who is half-blooded; the offspring of parents of different races, especially of the American Indian and the white race.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. 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-blood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of animals) having only one purebred parent
  • n. an offensive term for an offspring of parents of different races (especially of Caucasian and American Indian ancestry)

Etymologies

half- +‎ breed (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Felix Ward was what used to be called a half-breed.

    Once They Moved Like the Wind

  • 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.

    An Odyssey of the North

  • 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.

    THE MARRIAGE TO LIT-LIT

  • He waved his hand toward the Indian camp, where the half-breed was looking steadily across, striving to make out the new-comers.

    THE GOD OF HIS FATHERS

  • Percival Ford looked at the Kanaka half-breed who played under the hau tree, and it seemed, as by some illumination, that he was gazing on a wraith of himself.

    The House of Pride and Other Tales of Hawaii:The House of Pride

  • And as keeper of the gate, Baptiste the Red, English half-breed and renegade, barred the way.

    THE GOD OF HIS FATHERS

  • Two men, a government courier and a half-breed voyageur, dragged him out of the surf, saved his cargo, and beached the Alma.

    THE ONE THOUSAND DOZEN

  • Don't doubt it, but I won't let a half-breed outdo me in fair dealing.

    THE GOD OF HIS FATHERS

  • But the half-breed thrashed the twain, and sent them, bruised and bleeding, about their work.

    In a Far Country

  • Both men shrugged their shoulders and turned away, the half-breed going back to his own camp.

    THE GOD OF HIS FATHERS

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