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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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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.
For the penniless Audubon, this could simply mean the attempt to catch a glimpse of a quadroon ball.
in the negro brain, which in the quadroon is only three ounces below the
html) were called "fancy girls" and paraded at quadroon balls, events for wealthy white men to meet and mingle with them.
Concomitantly applying and destabilizing Thomas Jefferson's formulaic explication of technically precise racial categorization, Emily Clark argues that Americans have looked to the figure of the quadroon to explain race while also designating New Orleans as an exceptional site of interracial sexual relationships.
The MMDA has designed four distinct sections, North, East, South and West sectors - each quadroon having a central camp.
Cookers and eaters, Fuck the Pope, wow and flutter, a one-legged howl, my sly quadroon, the way home from the pub-- anything wild or wonderful--