Definitions for mulattoməˈlæt oʊ, -ˈlɑ toʊ, myu-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mu•lat•toməˈlæt oʊ, -ˈlɑ toʊ, myu-(n.; adj.)(pl.)-toes

  1. (n.)the offspring of one white parent and one black parent.

    Category: Physical Anthropology

  2. a person whose ancestry is a mixture of Negro and Caucasian.

    Category: Physical Anthropology

  3. (adj.)of a light brown color.

    Category: Physical Anthropology

Origin of mulatto:

1585–95; < Sp mulato young mule =mul(o)mule1+-ato of unclear orig.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mulatto(noun)

    an offspring of a black and a white parent

Wiktionary

  1. mulatto(Noun)

    A person of mixed African and Caucasian descent.

  2. mulatto(Noun)

    Anyone born to two half-African and half-Caucasian parents.

  3. mulatto(Noun)

    Anyone who is three quarters African and one quarter Caucasian, or one quarter African and three quarters Caucasian.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mulatto(noun)

    the offspring of a negress by a white man, or of a white woman by a negro, -- usually of a brownish yellow complexion

Freebase

  1. Mulatto

    Mulatto is a term commonly used to refer to a person who is born from one white parent and one black parent, or more broadly, a person of any "mixed" ancestry. See Forbes, 1993 and mixed ancestry. Contemporary usage of the designation is generally confined to situations in which the term is considered relevant in an historical context, as now most people of mixed white and black ancestry rarely choose to self-identify as mulatto. The term is not commonly used any more but is generally considered archaic because of its association with slavery, colonial and racial oppression; accepted modern terms include "mixed" and "biracial". Mulattos may also include admixture of Native Americans, or indigenous groups of South America, and African Americans according to Henings Statutes of Virginia 1705, which reads as follows: "And for clearing all manner of doubts which hereafter may happen to arise upon the construction of this act, or any other act, who shall be accounted a mulatto, Be it enacted and declared, and it is hereby enacted and declared, That the child of an Indigenous and the child, grand child, or great grand child, of a negro shall be deemed, accounted, held and taken to be a mulatto."


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