a person having one-eighth black ancestry; the offspring of a quadroon and a white
"All the way up until 1986, my barracoon
played home to a coffle
of twelve: 3 quadroons
, 3 octoroons, 2 pickanninies
, 2 Mexicans, a mulatto
, a chink
, and a roan-colored Albanian hobo named Noodles. And I'll be goddammned if those weren't the best days of my life."
Human being of 1/8 african-american origin.
Damn yo skin be mad light? How you blaque?
I'm an octoroon.
Americans of mixed ancestry. Mixed European/African Americans who appear European. Many are considered Caucasian of European background, who are in fact of mixed European and African ancestry (albeit 2-3 generations past).
Rarely mistaken for "Spanish". Whom are clearly mixed with Spanish/African/Indian
"No one knew she was an Octoroon, Her Grandfather was half African".
Joan Bennett, Constance Bennett, Fredi Washington.