[ 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.
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Origin of mulatto
1585–95; <Spanish mulato ‘young mule’, equivalent to mul(o) mule1 + -ato of unclear origin
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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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