quadroon

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

Definition of quadroon

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

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadroon. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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