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quadroon

[ kwo-droon ]

noun

, Older Use: Offensive.
  1. a person having one-fourth Black ancestry, with one Black grandparent; the offspring of a mulatto and a white person.


quadroon

/ kwɒˈdruːn /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of quadroon1

First recorded in 1640–50; alteration of Spanish cuarterón, derivative of cuarto “a fourth,” from Latin quartus; -oon
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Word History and Origins

Origin of quadroon1

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

She went down and led them out of the sun, scolding the quadroon for not being more attentive.

The quadroon was following them with little quick steps, having assumed a fictitious animation and alacrity for the occasion.

Old Madame Pontellier had come herself and carried them off to Iberville with their quadroon.

There was great fun among the Gorleston men when Jim turned serious, and one merry smacksman actually struck at the quadroon.

A shivering little quadroon girl crept up the stairs behind a coal-black old man.

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