Definition of Métis in English:

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Pronunciation: /māˈtēs/
(also Metis)

noun (plural same)

(Especially in western Canada) a person of mixed American Indian and Euro-American ancestry, in particular one of a group of such people who in the 19th century constituted the so-called Métis nation in the areas around the Red and Saskatchewan rivers.
Example sentences
  • He said the decision firmly recognized both Metis hunting rights and the ‘existence of the Metis as a people in this province.’
  • As one of the three constitutionally recognized Aboriginal peoples in Canada, the Metis have the protection of section 35, which recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal rights of the Aboriginal people of Canada.
  • British Canadians in Manitoba felt threatened by large populations of French Canadians and Metis, who continued to oppose British domination and refused to be assimilated.


Relating to the Métis.
Example sentences
  • Army patrols scouted the Milk River country throughout the winter, occasionally encountering Cree and Metis parties, although at the same time, scouting parties also rode out but could find no trace of foreign Indians.
  • While a Canadian organization is consulting with Saskatchewan First Nations and Metis groups on the disposal of nuclear waste in the province, the head of a Saskatoon-based uranium company says the issue is clear.
  • Barry's a member of the Saulteaux and Metis nations of Manitoba.


From French, from Late Latin mixticius, from Latin mixtus 'mixed' (see also mestizo).

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Syllabification: Mé·tis

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