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[kwawr-ter-breed] /ˈkwɔr tərˌbrid/
noun, Disparaging and Offensive.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The quarter-breed glanced about him and unconsciously lowered his voice.

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • And now a week had passed and she had seen neither Vil Holland nor the quarter-breed.

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • 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.

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • Thoughts of this wild, quarter-breed girl filled his brain as he sat solitary in his little office on the night of the pusky.

  • "De Ingins kill our 'effer," he lamented, in the mongrel speech of the quarter-breed.

    Marianson Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • That quarter-breed Montour attended her, supported her, struggled on with her through all the horrors of this retreat.

    The Reckoning Robert W. Chambers
  • El-Soo was a full-blooded Indian, yet she exceeded all the half-breed and quarter-breed girls.

    Lost Face Jack London
  • The voices of children from other quarter-breed cottages, playing along the beach, added cheer to the sweet darkness.

    The Mothers Of Honor Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Of the mixed blood animals, six are half-breeds and one a quarter-breed buffalo.

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