a person who has one black grandparent; child of a mulatto and a white
Origin of quadroonSpanish cuarterón ; from cuarto, a fourth ; from Classical Latin quartus: see quart
A person having white ancestors except for one black grandparent. Used especially as a classification under certain European colonial legal systems and now considered offensive.
Origin of quadroonAlteration of Spanish cuarterón, from cuarto, quarter, from Latin quartus; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.