noun, Older Use: Often Offensive.
a person having one-fourth black ancestry; the offspring of a mulatto and a white.
the offspring of a Mulatto and a White person; a person who is one-quarter Black
1707, “offspring of a white and a mulatto,” from Spanish cuarteron (used chiefly of the offspring of a European and a mestizo), literally “one who has a fourth” (Negro blood), from cuarto “fourth,” from Latin quartus (see quart), so called because he or she has one quarter African blood. Altered by influence of words in quadr-. There also was some use in 19c. of quintroon (from Spanish quinteron) “one who is fifth in descent from a Negro; one who has one-sixteenth Negro blood.”
[kwod-ruh-min-ee-uh m] /ˌkwɒd rəˈmɪn i əm/ noun 1. a building consisting of four individually owned apartments or living units.
/ˌkwɒdrəˈfɒnɪks/ noun 1. a variant spelling of quadraphonics
1. variant of . word-forming element meaning “four, having four, consisting of four,” variant of quadri-, especially before -p-, from an older form of the element, which perhaps was influenced later by tri-.
[kwo-droo-muh-nuh s] /kwɒˈdru mə nəs/ adjective 1. four-handed; having all four feet adapted for use as hands, as monkeys. /kwɒˈdruːmənəs/ adjective 1. (of monkeys and apes) having all four feet specialized for use as hands quadrumanous (kwŏ-dr’mə-nəs) Having four feet and using all four feet as hands, as primates other than humans do. The big […]