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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.

[Alteration of Spanish cuarterón, from cuarto, quarter, from Latin quārtus; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.]


(Peoples) old-fashioned offensive the offspring of a Mulatto and a White person; a person who is one-quarter Black
[C18: from Spanish cuarterón, from cuarto quarter, from Latin quartus]



a person having one-fourth black ancestry; the offspring of a mulatto and a white.
[1640–50; alter. of Sp cuarterón, derivative of cuarto fourth< Latin quārtus; see -oon]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quadroon - an offspring of a mulatto and a white parent; a person who is one-quarter black
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
mixed-blood - a person whose ancestors belonged to two or more races


[kwɒˈdruːn] Ncuarterón m


nViertelschwarze(r) mf, → Viertelneger(in) m(f) (neg!), → Terzerone m (spec), → Terzeronin f (spec)
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There were slow boys and bashful boys, feeble boys and riotous boys, boys that lisped and boys that stuttered, one or two lame ones, and a merry little quadroon, who could not be taken in elsewhere, but who was welcome to the `Bhaer-garten', though some people predicted that his admission would ruin the school.
March couldn't get over her surprise, and insisted on shaking hands with every one of the featherless birds, from tall Franz and Emil to the little quadroon, who had the sweetest voice of all.
A quadroon nurse followed them about with a faraway, meditative air.
Here the door opened, and a small quadroon boy, between four and five years of age, entered the room.
At this moment, the door was pushed gently open, and a young quadroon woman, apparently about twenty-five, entered the room.
Quadroon, with carte blanche on the Slave question); indeed the family estate was much embarrassed, and the income drawn from the borough was of great use to the house of Queen's Crawley.
17) See Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "The Quadroon Girl" (1842); Lydia Maria Child's short stories "The Quadroons" (1842) and "Slavery's Pleasant Homes" (1843); Thomas Mayne Reid's novel The Quadroon (1856); and Dion Boucicault's play The Octoroon (1859).
Even I was shocked when a colleague only last week described his personal trainer as "a half caste", blissfully unaware that this is a term long since consigned to the banned list along with quadroon and octoroon, Mongol and spastic.
Clarke, born into slavery, was separated from his Scottish father and quadroon mother at the age of six in Madison County, Kentucky.
To make Iola Leroy acceptable to a white audience, the black heroine would have to be physically almost white, a mulatto, quadroon, or octoroon.
The topics include Elizabeth Clark Gaines' journey from slavery to freedom, Black women insurgents on abolitionist battlegrounds, whether Quadroon balls represent acquiescence or resistance, experiences from southern Yemen of marginality and allegories of gendered resistance, and the psychological after-effects of racialized sexual violence.
First was the Irish writer Mayne Reid: The White Chief, The Quadroon, Oceola, The Headless Horseman and so on (I don't believe he ever set foot in the real West).