quadroon

noun
qua·​droon | \kwä-ˈdrün \

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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