[ ok-tuh-roon ]
/ ˌɒk təˈrun /

noun Older Use: Offensive.

a person having one-eighth black ancestry, with one black great-grandparent; the offspring of a quadroon and a white person.

Origin of octoroon

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; octo- + (quad)roon
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British Dictionary definitions for octoroon



/ (ˌɒktəˈruːn) /


a person having one quadroon and one White parent and therefore having one-eighth Black bloodCompare quadroon

Word Origin for octoroon

C19: octo- + -roon as in quadroon
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Word Origin and History for octoroon



1861, irregular formation from Latin octo "eight" (see eight) + suffix abstracted from quadroon (in which the suffix actually is -oon). Offspring of a quadroon and a white; so called for having one-eighth Negro blood.

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