[ kwo-droon ]
/ kwɒˈdrun /

noun Older Use: Offensive.

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

Origin of quadroon

1640–50; alteration of Spanish cuarterón, derivative of cuarto fourth < Latin quartus; see -oon
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British Dictionary definitions for quadroon

/ (kwɒˈdruːn) /


the offspring of a Mulatto and a White person; a person who is one-quarter Black

Word Origin for quadroon

C18: from Spanish cuarterón, from cuarto quarter, from Latin quartus
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