qua·​droon kwä-ˈdrün How to pronounce quadroon (audio)
plural quadroons
dated, offensive
: a person of one-quarter Black ancestry

Word History


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

First Known Use

1707, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quadroon was in 1707

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Cite this Entry

“Quadroon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadroon. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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