[ muh-lat-oh, -lah-toh, myoo- ]
/ məˈlæt oʊ, -ˈlɑ toʊ, myu- /

noun, plural mu·lat·toes, mu·lat·tos.

Anthropology. (not in technical use) the offspring of one white parent and one black parent.
Older Use: Offensive. a person who has both black and white ancestors.


of a light-brown color.

Origin of mulatto

1585–95; < Spanish mulato ‘young mule’, equivalent to mul(o) mule1 + -ato of unclear origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for mulatto

/ (mjuːˈlætəʊ) /

noun plural -tos or -toes

a person having one Black and one White parent


of a light brown colour

Word Origin for mulatto

C16: from Spanish mulato young mule, variant of mulo mule 1
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