Definitions

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  • n. A person of mixed European and Aboriginal descent. Often uncapitalized.
  • n. practical intelligence; street smarts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Greek myth, a goddess personifying prudence, daughter of Oceanus and Tethys, and first wife of Zeus.
  • n. The ninth of the planetoids in the order of discovery, first observed by Graham at Markree, Ireland, in April, 1848.
  • n. A genus of crustaceans.
  • n. A genus of mollusks.

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

  • n. a person in western Canada who is of Caucasian and American Indian ancestry

Etymologies

From French métis. Akin to Spanish mestizo. (Wiktionary)
From Greek (Wiktionary)

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  • "Usually translated, inadequately, as "cunning," metis is better understood as the kind of knowledge that can be acquired only by long practice at a similar but rarely identical tasks, which requires constant adaptation to changing circumstances."
    - James C. Scott, "Seeing Like A State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed"

    January 5, 2008

  • "In Greek mythology, Metis was of the Titan generation and, like several primordial figures, an Oceanid, in the sense that Metis was born of Oceanus and Tethys, of an earlier age than Zeus and his siblings. Metis was the first great spouse of Zeus, indeed his equal (Hesiod, Theogony 896) and the mother of Athena, the goddess of the arts and wisdom. By the era of Greek philosophy Metis had become the goddess of wisdom and deep thought, but her name originally connoted "magical cunning" and was as easily equated with the trickster powers of Prometheus as with the "royal metis" of Zeus. The Stoic commentators allegorized Metis as the embodiment of "wisdom" or "wise counsel", in which form she was inherited by the Renaissance."
    - Wikipedia

    January 5, 2008