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Melungeon

[ muh-luhn-juhn ]
/ məˈlʌn dʒən /
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noun
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.
adjective
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 ).
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British Dictionary definitions for Melungeon

melungeon
/ (məˈlʌndʒən) /

noun
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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