Historical a person who has one black great-grandparent; child of a quadroon and a white
Origin of octoroonfrom Classical Latin octo, eight + (quad)roon
A person having white ancestors except for one black great-grandparent. Used especially as a classification under certain European colonial legal systems and now considered offensive.
Origin of octoroonocto- (quad)roon
- (dated) Someone having one-eighth black ancestry.
From octo- (“eight") + -roon, alteration of ending of cuarterÃ³n (“quadroon")