quadroon (n.) 1707, "offspring of a white and a mulatto," from Sp. cuarteron (used chiefly of the offspring of a European and a mestizo), from cuarto "fourth," from L. quartus (see QUART (Cf. quart)), so called because he or she has one quarter African blood. Altered by influence of words in quadr-.

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  • Quadroon — Quad*roon , n. [F. quarteron, or Sp. cuarteron. See {Quarter} a fourth part, and cf. {Quarteron}.] The offspring of a mulatto and a white person; a person quarter blooded. [Written also {quarteron}, {quarteroon}, and {quateron}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quadroon — [kwä dro͞on′] n. [Sp cuarterón < cuarto, a fourth < L quartus: see QUART1] a person who has one black grandparent; child of a mulatto and a white …   English World dictionary

  • Quadroon — Image from 1899 book about Spanish American War Quadroon, and the associated words octoroon and quintroon are terms that, historically, were applied to define the ancestry of people of mixed race, generally of African and Caucasian ancestry, but… …   Wikipedia

  • quadroon — See mulatto. See mulatto, quadroon, octoroon …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • quadroon — noun Etymology: modification of Spanish cuarterón, from cuarto fourth, from Latin quartus more at quart Date: 1707 a person of one quarter black ancestry …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • quadroon — /kwo droohn /, n. a person having one fourth black ancestry; the offspring of a mulatto and a white. [1640 50; alter. of Sp cuarterón, deriv. of cuarto FOURTH < L quartus; see OON] * * * …   Universalium

  • quadroon — Synonyms and related words: Cape Colored, Eurasian, cattalo, citrange, cross, crossbreed, griffe, half blood, half bred, half breed, half caste, high yellow, hinny, hybrid, ladino, liger, mestee, mestiza, mestizo, metis, metisse, mixblood, mixed… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • QUADROON —    the name given to a person quarter blooded, in particular the offspring of a mulatto and a white person …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • quadroon — kwÉ‘ druːn /kwÉ’ d n. person of mixed white and mulatto blood, person with one black grandparent …   English contemporary dictionary

  • quadroon — [kwɒ dru:n] noun a person whose parents are a mulatto and a white person and who is therefore one quarter black by descent. Origin C18: via Fr. from Sp. cuarterón, from cuarto quarter ; later assimilated to words beginning with quadri …   English new terms dictionary

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