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quadroon

[ kwo-droon ]
/ kwɒˈdrun /
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noun Older Use: Offensive.

a person having one-fourth Black ancestry, with one Black grandparent; the offspring of a mulatto and a white person.

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Origin of quadroon

First recorded in 1640–50; alteration of Spanish cuarterón, derivative of cuarto “a fourth,” from Latin quartus; see -oon
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British Dictionary definitions for quadroon

quadroon
/ (kwɒˈdruːn) /

noun

the offspring of a Mulatto and a White person; a person who is one-quarter Black
C18: from Spanish cuarterón, from cuarto quarter, from Latin quartus
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