mulatto

noun
mu·​lat·​to | \ mə-ˈlä-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce mulatto (audio) , mu̇-, myu̇-, -ˈla- How to pronounce mulatto (audio) \
plural mulattoes or mulattos

Definition of mulatto

1 now sometimes offensive : the first-generation offspring of a black person and a white person
2 now sometimes offensive : a person of mixed white and black ancestry

First Known Use of mulatto

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mulatto

Spanish mulato, from mulo mule, from Latin mulus

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The first known use of mulatto was in 1591

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“Mulatto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mulatto. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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mulatto

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How to pronounce mulatto (audio) How to pronounce mulatto (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mulatto

old-fashioned + often offensive : a person with one black and one white parent

More from Merriam-Webster on mulatto

Nglish: Translation of mulatto for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about mulatto

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