Metis

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Etymology 1[edit]

French métis, from Old French mestis, from 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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Metis (plural 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. (chiefly Canada) A person of mixed European and Aboriginal descent. Often uncapitalized.
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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.

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

Etymology 2[edit]

From Ancient Greek Μῆτις (Mêtis, wisdom), a titaness, consort of Zeus

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Metis astronomical symbol

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. (astronomy) A satellite of Jupiter.
  3. (astronomy) 9 Metis, the asteroid.
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