Definition of quadroon in English:

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Pronunciation: /kwäˈdro͞on/


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A person who is one-quarter black by descent.
Example sentences
  • For example, censuses from 1850 through 1890 and again in 1910 and 1920 included one or more black racial subcategories, such as black, mulatto, quadroon, and octoroon.
  • Yes, in the American south well past the days of slavery, you could find references to maroons, quadroons, octoroons, etc.
  • An inheritance from Wayles, the quadroon Hemings was house slave at Monticello.


Early 18th century (earlier as quarteron): via French from Spanish cuarterón, from cuarto 'quarter', from Latin quartus; later assimilated to words beginning with quadri-.

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Syllabification: quad·roon

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