quadroon

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Alteration of Spanish cuarterón (offspring of European and mestizo), from cuarto (fourth), from Latin quartus (fourth)

Noun[edit]

quadroon (plural quadroons)

  1. (dated) A person of three-fourths Caucasian descent and one fourth African descent.
    • 1868, Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, ch. 47:
      There were slow boys and bashful boys, feeble boys and riotous boys, boys that lisped and boys that stuttered, one or two lame ones, and a merry little quadroon, who could not be taken in elsewhere, but who was welcome to the ‘Bhaer-garten’, though some people predicted that his admission would ruin the school.

Adjective[edit]

quadroon (not comparable)

  1. (dated) Having three-fourths Caucasian descent and one-fourth African descent.

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