(historical) A person who has one black grandparent; child of a mulatto and a white.
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.
Other Word Forms
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