quadroon

noun
qua·​droon | \ kwä-ˈdrün How to pronounce quadroon (audio) \

Definition of quadroon

dated, now offensive
: a person of one-quarter black ancestry

Examples of quadroon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 1850 census instructed enumerators: Be particularly careful to distinguish between blacks, mulattoes, quadroons, and octoroons. Jess Mchugh, Fortune, "The U.S. Census Has a Long History of Discrimination," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of quadroon

1707, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quadroon

modification of Spanish cuarterón, from cuarto fourth, from Latin quartus — more at quart

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“Quadroon.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadroon. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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