The definition of a Jim Crow law is a law that is meant to keep white and black people separate, particularly in social settings or in social institutions.
An example of a Jim Crow law is a state law prohibiting a white man from marrying a black woman.
Origin of jim-crow-law
- From the song Jump Jim Crow (c. 1830) which mockingly portrayed African-Americans. The term Jim Crow became a generic term for African-Americans in the early- to mid- 19th century.