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My mother was a member of the Cape Coloured community. 'Coloured' is the South African word for the half-caste community that was a by-product of the early contact between black and white.
Peter Abrahams

Meaning of "half-caste" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF HALF-CASTE

half-caste play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF HALF-CASTE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Half-Caste can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES HALF-CASTE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

half-caste

Half-caste

Half-caste is a term for a category of people of mixed race or ethnicity. It is derived from the term caste, which comes from the Latin castus, meaning pure, and the derivative Portuguese and Spanish casta, meaning race, and is now considered offensive. Half-caste—along with terms such as caste, quarter-caste and others—were widely used by ethnographers in British colonies in attempts to classify natives. In Latin America, the equivalent term for half-castes was Cholo and Zambo.

Definition of half-caste in the English dictionary

The definition of half-caste in the dictionary is a person having parents of different races, esp the offspring of a European and an Indian. Other definition of half-caste is of, relating to, or designating such a person.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE HALF-CASTE

half-brother
half-buried
half-butt
half-centuries
half-century
half-circle
half-clad
half-closed
half-cock
half-cocked
half-completed
half-concealed
half-conscious
half-convinced
half-cooked
half-covered
half-crazy
half-crown
half-cup bra
half-cut

WORDS THAT END LIKE HALF-CASTE

aftertaste
baste
caste
chaste
cineaste
copy and paste
cut and paste
haste
hazardous waste
intercaste
intermediate-level waste
namaste
outcaste
paste
subcaste
taste
tomato paste
toothpaste
toxic waste
waste

Synonyms and antonyms of half-caste in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «half-caste» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF HALF-CASTE

Find out the translation of half-caste to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of half-caste from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «half-caste» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

混血儿
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

mestizo
570 millions of speakers

English

half-caste
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

आधा जाति
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

نصف الطائفة -
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

метис
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

mestiço
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বর্ণসঙ্কর
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

métis
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Setengah kasta
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Mischling
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ハーフカースト
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

반 계급
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Setengah kasta
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nửa đẳng cấp
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கலப்புசாதி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अर्ध-जाति
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

melez
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

meticcio
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

pół - kasta
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

метис
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

metis
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μισό - καστών
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

half- kaste
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

halv - kast
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

halvkaste
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of half-caste

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «HALF-CASTE»

The term «half-caste» is regularly used and occupies the 108.094 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about half-caste

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QUOTES WITH «HALF-CASTE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word half-caste.
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Peter Abrahams
My mother was a member of the Cape Coloured community. 'Coloured' is the South African word for the half-caste community that was a by-product of the early contact between black and white.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «HALF-CASTE»

Discover the use of half-caste in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to half-caste and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Hey Mum, What's a Half-Caste?
"Lorraine McGee-Sippel was just a small girl when she asked her parents why her skin colour was different from theirs.
Lorraine McGee-Sippel, 2009
2
Half-Caste and Other Poems
Presents a collection of poems on the theme of racism, including the poem "Half-caste
John Agard, 2006
3
A Half Caste and Other Writings
the. half. caste. Perhaps one of the most pitiful and undesirable positions in society in Japan is that held by the half breed. I mean the half breed whose blood is a mixture of the Caucasian and Japanese. It is usually the mother who is a ...
Onoto Watanna, 2002
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Olive: And, The Half-caste
This edition also includes 'The Half-Caste', a story that confronts questions of miscegenation and racial prejudice in Victorian Britain.
Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, 2000
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The Half-Caste: An Old Governess's Tale [and Other Tales], Etc
Written for a range of audiences, these works are a treasure for any curious reader looking to see the world through the eyes of ages past.
Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, 2011
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Born a Half-caste
Personal history of the author born in Queensland1919, life at Palm Island, Blue Range, Oban and Walgra Stations.
Marnie Kennedy, 1985
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Dreams and Nightmares of a White Australia: Representing ...
Representing Aboriginal Assimilation in the Mid-twentieth Century Catriona Elder . and through Ellen's European birthright. At the novel's end Ellen is viciously represented as without hope.84 Social realist texts use the trope of the half-caste to ...
Catriona Elder, 2009
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Other: British and Irish Poetry Since 1970
Excuse me standing on one leg I'm half-caste Explain yuself wha yu mean when yu say half-caste yu mean when picasso mix red an green is a half-caste canvas/ explain yuself wha yu mean when yu say half-caste yu mean when light an ...
Richard Caddel, Peter Quartermain, 1999
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Gcse English Success Guide
Half-Caste Excuse me standing on one leg l'm half-caste Explain yuself what yu mean when yu say half-caste yu mean when picasso mix red an green is a half- caste canvas explain yuself wha yu mean when yu say half-caste yu mean when  ...
Franz Fitzsimmons, John Mannion, 2006
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Half-Caste: And Other Poems
Presents a collection of poems on the theme of racism, including the poem "Half-caste."
John Agard, 2004

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «HALF-CASTE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term half-caste is used in the context of the following news items.
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Powerful Australian … Mining magnate Gina Rinehart. Source: ABC
The episode, however, did address some criticisms of the family, including Mr Hancock's racist views towards “half-caste” Aborigines, who he ... «NEWS.com.au, Jul 15»
2
“Love Child” – a television drama about forced adoptions
She plays a mixed-race Aboriginal girl in the series, derisively referred to as a “half-caste” by Matron Bolton. Well, this year Ms. Tapsell won the ... «Albany Times Union, Jun 15»
3
How Lance O'Sullivan turned his life around
And I'd never been in a situation where I could feel proud about myself and be proud of being a young Maori half-caste kid with slightly darker ... «New Zealand Herald, Jun 15»
4
'Love Is An Illusion': Nigerian half-caste, Aivboraye Osagie makes …
Nigerian half-caste, Aivboraye Lawrence Osagie, has landed himself a role in a Bollywood movie entitled Love is an Illusion. Osagie joined ... «Pulse Nigeria, Jun 15»
5
Arsenal Circular 103
They have four excellent fullbacks one of which seems to be their main goal threat, a little half-caste girl from Arsenal, a pixie faced girl who ... «Online Gooner, Jun 15»
6
St Kilda Cemetery an unlikely tour venue in Melbourne
His political legacy is marred by his involvement in the Victorian Half-Caste Act of 1886. Albert Jacka. (1893-1932). One of the great Australian ... «Herald Sun, Jun 15»
7
Comic Book Review – The VCs Hell in the Heavens
Though not overly offensive to a person who grew up through the 1970's, when you read words like “Half-Caste”, “Chinky” and “Gooks” today in ... «Flickering Myth, Jun 15»
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'He came to see blackfellas!' When Muhammad Ali visited Fitzroy
I'm a half-caste. I was forced into my situation by that act. I always wondered, all my life, who am I really? I always knew I was an Aboriginal ... «The Guardian, Jun 15»
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A study of the French white working class reveals an ignored …
After Muller had lengthily castigated immigrants, he said something that surprised me: “My son is a half-caste.” It turned out the son's mother ... «Financial Times, Jun 15»
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Tjilpi Bob Randall, aboriginal activist - obituary
By the 1930s, in the Northern Territory, Dr Cecil Cook, the Northern Territory Protector of Natives, perceived the number of half-caste children to ... «Telegraph.co.uk, May 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Half-Caste [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/half-caste>. May 2020 ».
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