oc·​to·​roon ˌäk-tə-ˈrün How to pronounce octoroon (audio)
plural octoroons
dated, offensive
: a person of one-eighth Black ancestry

Word History


octa- + -roon (as in quadroon)

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of octoroon was in 1859

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Cite this Entry

“Octoroon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octoroon. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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