Meaning of peola in English:


Pronunciation /piːˈəʊlə/


slang US
  • A light-skinned black person, especially a girl or young woman.


1930s; earliest use found in The Zanesville Signal. Origin uncertain; probably from the name of PeolaJohnson, a light-skinned African American woman who attempts to pass as white in Fannie Hurst's novel Imitation of Life and the 1934 film adaptation of the same name.