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Metis

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Etymology 1

French métis < Old French mestis < Late Latin mixtīcius. Métis originally referred to Francophone and Cree-speaking descendants of the French-Catholic Red River Métis in Manitoba. Compare mestizo.

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Pronunciation

  • IPA: /mei'tiː/

Proper noun

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Metis

Plural
Metis

Metis (Metis)

  1. (Canada) One of three recognized Aboriginal peoples of Canada, descendants of marriages of Cree, Ojibwa, Saulteaux, and Menominee Aboriginal people with French Canadians, Scots and English.
  2. (especially Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A person of mixed European and Aboriginal descent. Often uncapitalized.
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Usage notes

The Canadian Oxford Dictionary uses the spelling Metis, but Métis with the acute accent is used officially by organizations such as the Métis National Council and the Government of Canada.

References

  • “Metis” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004
  • Métis people (Canada) in Wikipedia (accessed 2008-04-04).

Etymology 2

Proper noun

Singular
Metis

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Metis

  1. (Greek mythology) The personification of "Wisdom". Daughter of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys. She was a Titan, but not one of the first twelve Titans. First spouse of Zeus, and the mother of Athena, goddess of wisdom. She symbolises the divine wisdom.
  2. A satellite of Jupiter.
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