octoroon

noun
oc·​to·​roon | \ ˌäk-tə-ˈrün How to pronounce octoroon (audio) \
plural octoroons

Definition of octoroon

dated, offensive
: a person of one-eighth Black ancestry

First Known Use of octoroon

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for octoroon

octa- + -roon (as in quadroon)

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18 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Octoroon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octoroon. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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