jim crow

noun, often capitalized J&C
\ ˈjim-ˈkrō How to pronounce jim crow (audio) \

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 How to pronounce jim crowism (audio) \ 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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“Jim crow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jim%20crow. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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