Definition of quadroon in English:



dated, offensive
  • A person who is one-quarter black by descent.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anyone of less than ‘quarter-caste’ was a ‘native’ and subject to the Commissioner's and Minister's powers, but a quarter-caste or quadroon was not.’
    • ‘One of La Blanche's little quadroon boys - half naked too - stood fanning the child slowly with a fan of peacock feathers.’



/kwäˈdro͞on/ /kwɑˈdrun/


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