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octoroon Line breaks: octo|roon
Pronunciation: /ˌɒktəˈruːn/
(also octaroon)

Definition of octoroon in English:


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A person who is one-eighth black by descent.
Example sentences
  • He has no trouble referring to ‘full-bloods’, ‘half-castes’, ‘octoroons’.
  • When Ellen was reading stories of old New Orleans, the concept of ‘mulattos’ and ‘octoroons’ prompted her to curious questions.
  • Yes, in the American south well past the days of slavery, you could find references to maroons, quadroons, octoroons, etc.


Mid 19th century: from octo- 'eight', on the pattern of quadroon.

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