jim crow

noun, often capitalized J&C
\ˈjim-ˈkrō \

Definition of jim crow 

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

2 usually disparaging + offensive : black sense 4

Other Words from jim crow

jim crow adjective often capitalized J&C
jim crowism \ˈjim-ˈkrō-ˌi-zəm \ noun often capitalized J&C

First Known Use of jim crow

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for jim crow

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

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