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quad·roon

 (kwŏ-dro͞on′)
n.
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.]

quadroon

(kwɒˈdruːn)
n
(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]

quad•roon

(kwɒˈdrun)

n.
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
Translations

quadroon

[kwɒˈdruːn] Ncuarterón m

quadroon

nViertelschwarze(r) mf, → Viertelneger(in) m(f) (neg!), → Terzerone m (spec), → Terzeronin f (spec)
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A quadroon nurse followed them about with a faraway, meditative air.
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.
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.
quadroon woman and received a mysterious stipend all his life, allowing
The married and unmarried children ride home to their thanksgiving dinner, The pilot seizes the king-pin, he heaves down with a strong arm, The mate stands braced in the whaleboat, lance and harpoon are ready, The duck-shooter walks by silent and cautious stretches, The deacons are ordained with crossed hands at the altar, The spinning-girl retreats and advances to the hum of the big wheel, The farmer stops by the bars of a Sunday and looks at the oats and rye, The lunatic is carried at last to the asylum a confirmed case, He will never sleep any more as he did in the cot in his mother's bedroom; The quadroon girl is sold at the stand.
For the penniless Audubon, this could simply mean the attempt to catch a glimpse of a quadroon ball.
included three-fourths (quadroon), one-half, one-quarter, one-eighth,
The women (http://www.uvm.edu/%7Epsearls/johnson.html) were called "fancy girls" and paraded at quadroon balls, events for wealthy white men to meet and mingle with them.
(4) Cable reserves the tragic quadroon motifs--the passivity, lack of choice, assumption of the role of sacrificial victim, and final suicide--for the male quadroon, Honore [sic] Grandissimes f.m.c., a man whiter than ...