- 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
Examples from the Web for mulatto
Historical Examples of mulatto
It was a mulatto, from Martinique, who was Mr. Osgood's steward; and I helped him in.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
In close connection with the preceding is the question of the mulatto.The Negro Farmer
They were all blacks, except the captain, who was a mulatto.A Set of Six
Steve the mulatto was stretched upon the floor in a deep sleep.Hidden Hand
Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
The voice of the mulatto is at once sweet, vibrant and melancholy.A Romance of the West Indies
- a person having one Black and one White parent
- of a light brown colour
Word Origin for mulatto
1590s, "offspring of a European and a black African," from Spanish or Portuguese mulato "of mixed breed," literally "young mule," from mulo "mule," from Latin mulus (fem. mula) "mule" (see mule (n.1)); possibly in reference to hybrid origin of mules. As an adjective from 1670s. Fem. mulatta is attested from 1620s; mulattress from 1805.
American culture, even in its most rigidly segregated precincts, is patently and irrevocably composite. It is, regardless of all the hysterical protestations of those who would have it otherwise, incontestibly mulatto. Indeed, for all their traditional antagonisms and obvious differences, the so-called black and so-called white people of the United States resemble nobody else in the world so much as they resemble each other. [Albert Murray, "The Omni-Americans: Black Experience & American Culture," 1970]