- a contemptuous term used to refer to a person with one white grandparent, especially a person of American Indian ancestry.
Origin of quarter-breed
First recorded in 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for quarter-breed
The quarter-breed glanced about him and unconsciously lowered his voice.
And now a week had passed and she had seen neither Vil Holland nor the quarter-breed.
She had the rich tint of a quarter-breed, lightened in her case by a constant suffusion which gave her steady color.The Cursed Patois
Mary Hartwell Catherwood
The quarter-breed's tone was one of glad surprise, as he dismounted and advanced, hat in hand.
Thoughts of this wild, quarter-breed girl filled his brain as he sat solitary in his little office on the night of the pusky.The Story of the Foss River Ranch