- a person having one-fourth black ancestry, with one black grandparent; the offspring of a mulatto and a white person.
Origin of quadroon
Examples from the Web for quadroon
He turned his glance to the quadroon; she understood it; the patient was seriously ill.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
He was probably regarded as a quadroon who had been accepted by the white race.
I saw the Quadroon approach this with silent tread, as if meditating some design.
I was satisfied that the disappearance of the quadroon would be at once attributed to me.
My conversation was with the Creole, my thoughts dwelt upon the Quadroon.
- the offspring of a Mulatto and a White person; a person who is one-quarter Black
Word Origin and History for quadroon
1707, "offspring of a white and a mulatto," from Spanish cuarteron (used chiefly of the offspring of a European and a mestizo), literally "one who has a fourth" (Negro blood), from cuarto "fourth," from Latin quartus (see quart), so called because he or she has one quarter African blood. Altered by influence of words in quadr-. There also was some use in 19c. of quintroon (from Spanish quinteron) "one who is fifth in descent from a Negro; one who has one-sixteenth Negro blood."