half-caste
noun Date: 1789 one of mixed racial descent ; half-breedhalf-caste adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • half-caste — half castes ADJ Someone who is half caste has parents who come from different races. [mainly BRIT, OFFENSIVE] He has two half caste children. N COUNT A half caste is someone who is half caste …   English dictionary

  • Half-caste — ( k[.a]st), n. One born of a European parent on the one side, and of a Hindu or Mohammedan on the other. Also adjective; as, half caste parents. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • half-caste — n taboo a very offensive word for someone whose parents are of different races. Do not use this word →↑mixed race >half caste adj …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • half-caste — half′ caste n. 1) pan a person whose parents are of different races 2) soc of or pertaining to a half caste • Etymology: 1785–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • half-caste — half ,caste noun count OFFENSIVE an offensive word for someone who has parents of two different races. A more polite expression is person of mixed race …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • half-caste — ► NOUN offensive ▪ a person of mixed race …   English terms dictionary

  • half-caste — [haf′kast΄] n., adj. former term for EURASIAN …   English World dictionary

  • Half-caste — For other uses, see Half caste (disambiguation). Half caste is a term used to describe people of mixed race or ethnicity.[1] Caste comes from the Latin castus, meaning pure, and the derivative Portuguese and Spanish casta, meaning race. The term… …   Wikipedia

  • half-caste — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms half caste : singular half caste plural half castes offensive an offensive word for someone who has one white parent and one black parent. A more polite expression is person of mixed race …   English dictionary

  • half-caste — /haf kast , hahf kahst /, n. 1. a person of mixed race. 2. a person of mixed European and Hindu or European and Muslim parentage. 3. a person descended from parents of different social strata. adj. 4. of or pertaining to a half caste. [1785 95] * …   Universalium

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