Quadroon definition

kwŏ-dro͝on
(historical) A person who has one black grandparent; child of a mulatto and a white.
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(dated) A person of three-fourths Caucasian descent and one fourth African descent.
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(dated) Having three-fourths Caucasian descent and one-fourth African descent.
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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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
quadroon
Plural:
quadroons

Origin of quadroon

  • Alteration of Spanish cuarterón from cuarto quarter from Latin quārtus kwetwer- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary