Aboriginal vs Metis - What's the difference?

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Metis is a synonym of aboriginal.

As nouns the difference between aboriginal and metis

is that aboriginal is an animal or plant native to a region while metis is (chiefly|canada) a person of mixed european and aboriginal descent often uncapitalized or metis can be practical intelligence; street smarts.

As a adjective aboriginal

is first according to historical or scientific records; original; indigenous; primitive




(en adjective)
  • First according to historical or scientific records; original; indigenous; primitive.
  • * 1814 , , The Excursion , Longman et al. (publishers), [http://books.google.com/books?id=T18JAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA277&dq=aboriginal page 277]:
  • Green in the Church-yard, beautiful and green; / / And mantled o'er with aboriginal turf / And everlasting flowers.
  • Living in a land before colonization by the Europeans.
  • (Aboriginal)
  • Synonyms

    * (indigenous to a place) native, indigenous, autochthonous, endemic, original, first, earliest, primitive, ancient, primordial, primeval

    Derived terms

    * aboriginality * aboriginally


    (en noun)
  • An animal or plant native to a region.
  • * Charles Darwin
  • It may well be doubted whether this frog is an aboriginal of these islands.
  • (Aboriginal)
  • Usage notes

    * Using uncapitalized aboriginal to refer to people or anything associated with people may cause offence. * In Canada, style manuals recommend against using the noun Aboriginal for a person or people. * See also the usage notes under Aboriginal .





    (wikipedia Metis)

    Etymology 1

    (etyl) originally referred to Francophone and Cree-speaking descendants of the French-Catholic Red River Métis in Manitoba. Compare (mestizo).

    Alternative forms

    * * metis,

    Proper noun

  • (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.
  • (chiefly, Canada) A person of mixed European and Aboriginal descent. Often uncapitalized as metis.
  • Synonyms
    * Bois Brule, * country born * mixed-blood * (pejorative, offensive) half-breed

    Usage notes

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


    * * in Wikipedia (accessed 2008-04-04).

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) , a titaness, consort of Zeus

    Proper noun

    (wikipedia Metis) (en proper noun)
  • (Greek god) 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.
  • (astronomy) A satellite of Jupiter.
  • (astronomy) Short for , a main belt asteroid.
  • Derived terms
    * Metidian
    See also
    * * * (wikipedia "Metis")