[ muh-luhn-juhn ]
/ məˈlʌn dʒən /
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Sometimes Offensive. a member of a people of mixed white, Black, and American Indian ancestry living in the southern Appalachians.See Usage note at the current entry.
of or relating to a people of mixed white, Black, and American Indian ancestry living in the southern Appalachians.
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Origin of Melungeon
First recorded in 1810–20; origin uncertain; perhaps ultimately from French mélange “mixture”
usage note for Melungeon
Melungeon is used as a plural noun (a candidate favored by Melungeons ), but it's sometimes offensive as a singular noun (the candidate who is a Melungeon ).
Words nearby Melungeon
melton, Melton Mowbray, meltwater, melty, Melun, Melungeon, Melville, Melville, Herman, Melville Island, Melville Peninsula, Melvin
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How to use Melungeon in a sentence
Portugee blood—touch o' that melungeon tribe from over in the Fur Cove.Southern Lights and Shadows|Various
British Dictionary definitions for Melungeon
/ (məˈlʌndʒən) /
any of a dark-skinned group of people of the Appalachians in E Tennessee, of mixed Indian, White, and Black ancestry
Word Origin for melungeon
C20: of unknown origin
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