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jim crow

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noun \ˈjim-ˈkrō\

Definition of jim crow

  1. 1 usually offensive :  black 4

  2. 2 :  ethnic discrimination especially against blacks by legal enforcement or traditional sanctions

jim crow adjective often capitalized J&C
jim crow·ism play \-ˌi-zəm\ noun often capitalized J&C


Origin of jim crow

Jim Crow, stereotype black man in a 19th century song-and-dance act


First Known Use: 1838


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