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Meaning of "octoroon" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD OCTOROON

Octo- + -roon as in quadroon.
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PRONUNCIATION OF OCTOROON

octoroon  [ˌɒktəˈruːn] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF OCTOROON

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Octoroon is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES OCTOROON MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Quadroon

Quadroon, and the associated words quarteron, octoroon and quintroon are terms that, historically, were applied to define the ancestry of people of mixed-race, generally of African and European ancestry in the slave societies of the Americas, but also, within Australia, to those of Aboriginal and European ancestry. The societies incorporated the terms in law and government to define rights and restrictions. The use of such terminology is a characteristic of hypodescent, which is the practice within a society of assigning children of mixed unions to the ethnic group which is perceived by the dominant group as being subordinate. The racial designations refer specifically to the number of full-blooded African ancestors or equivalent, emphasizing the quantitative least, with quadroon signifying that a person has one-quarter black ancestry, etc.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH OCTOROON


Cameroon
ˌkæməˈruːn
ceroon
sɪˈruːn
Duntroon
dʌnˈtruːn
Gudrun
ˈɡʊdruːn
Iskenderun
ɪsˈkɛndəˌruːn
Kamerun
ˈkaməruːn
kroon
kruːn
macaroon
ˌmækəˈruːn
maroon
məˈruːn
octaroon
ˌɒktəˈruːn
patroon
pəˈtruːn
picaroon
ˌpɪkəˈruːn
pickaroon
ˌpɪkəˈruːn
prune
pruːn
quarteroon
ˌkwɔːtəˈruːn
rune
ruːn
Scandaroon
ˌskændəˈruːn
strewn
struːn
tenoroon
ˌtɛnəˈruːn
vinegarroon
ˌvɪnɪɡəˈruːn

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE OCTOROON

octogenary
octogynous
octohedron
octonarian
octonaries
octonarius
octonary
octonocular
octopetalous
octopod
octopodan
octopodous
octopus
octopush
octopusher
octosepalous
octostichous
octosyllabic
octosyllable
octothorp

WORDS THAT END LIKE OCTOROON

croon
gadroon
gambroon
godroon
gombroon
heroon
poltroon
quadroon
quintroon
seroon
shagroon
spadroon

Synonyms and antonyms of octoroon in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «octoroon» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF OCTOROON

Find out the translation of octoroon to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of octoroon from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «octoroon» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

octoroon
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

octoroon
570 millions of speakers

English

octoroon
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

octoroon
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

octoroon
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

octoroon
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

Octoroon
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

দেহে এক-অষ্টমাংস নিগ্রো রক্ত ​​আছে এমন ব্যক্তি
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

octavon
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Octoroon
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

octoroon
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

octoroon
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

octoroon
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Octoroon
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

người lai một phần tám
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

octoroon
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

ओक्टोंकून
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

octoroon
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

Octoroon
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

octoroon
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

octoroon
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

octoroon
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

octoroon
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

agtste neger
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

octoroon
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

octoroon
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of octoroon

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «OCTOROON»

The term «octoroon» is normally little used and occupies the 124.236 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «OCTOROON» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about octoroon

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «OCTOROON»

Discover the use of octoroon in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to octoroon and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Octoroon
With your New England hypocrisy, you would persuade yourself that it was this family alone you cared for; it ain't--you know it ain't--'tis the "Octoroon"; and you love her as I do; and, you hate me because I'm your rival--that's where the ...
Dion Boucicault, 2010
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The Octoroon Ball
Richard Breen, Jr. Rudy handed the rest of the money and jewels to Lady Richter . “You're the finest whore I've ever met, Lucy,” he said fondly, then flushed with embarrassment. “I'm sorry. I called you Lucy, didn't I?” “It sounds delicious, ...
Richard Breen, Jr., 2001
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Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and ...
Another Country: Spectacles of Conjugal Colonialism and the Empire's Body in the English Octoroon After returning to Britain in 1860 to present his critically acclaimed Irish epic The Colleen Bawn, Boucicault again opened The Octoroon in ...
Daphne Brooks, 2006
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Plays by Dion Boucicault
APPENDIX C The ending of The Octoroon The story of the ending of The Octoroon is tangled. It has been too readily believed that the 'unhappy' ending was liked at the Winter Garden in New York in 1859, and disliked - and, therefore,  ...
Dion Boucicault, Peter Thomson, 1984
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Interracialism : Black-White Intermarriage in American ...
Specifically, it should be recognized that the appeal of the "tragic octoroon" situation was not based primarily upon a racially snobbish feeling that a white person in chains was more pathetic than a black one. Rather, the plight of the octoroon ...
Werner Sollors Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English Literature and Professor of Afro-American Studies Harvard University, 2000
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Interracialism: Black-white Intermarriage in American ...
Specifically, it should be recognized that the appeal of the "tragic octoroon" situation was not based primarily upon a racially snobbish feeling that a white person in chains was more pathetic than a black one. Rather, the plight of the octoroon ...
Werner Sollors, 2000
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The Great Southern Babylon: Sex, Race, and Respectability in ...
Piazza identified herself as an octoroon, but her profession as a prostitute and madam, and the erotic connotations that surrounded that racial identity when it was attached to a woman, have obscured the importance of the legal battle she ...
Alecia P. Long, 2005
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Victorian Sensations: Essays on a Scandalous Genre
KIMBERLY HARRISON MARY BRADDON'S The Octoroon; or, The Lily of Louisiana was serialized in John Maxwell's Halfpenny Journal from November 1861 to March 1862. The novel was one of the many that Braddon wrote anonymously ...
Kimberly Harrison, Richard Fantina, 2006
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The Companion to Southern Literature: Themes, Genres, ...
Herbert Asbury in The French Quarter (1936) reports that the light-skinned quadroons surpassed white women in beauty and that the quadroon balls surpassed the white masked balls in popularity. Because quadroon and octoroon women ...
Joseph M. Flora, Lucinda Hardwick MacKethan, Todd W. Taylor, 2002
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Best Plays of the Early American Theatre, 1787-1911
The Octoroon was still considered by New York reviewers an interesting piece of theatre when stnged by Stuart Vaughan for the New York Phoenix Theatre led by Norris Houghton and T. Edward Hambleton. Richard Watts, Jr., published an ...
John Gassner, Mollie Gassner, 2000

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «OCTOROON»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term octoroon is used in the context of the following news items.
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Mamie Gummer & More Tapped for Lindsey Ferrentino's Ugly Lies …
... Fidelis and The Wayside Motor Inn. Thigpen has appeared in Dead Accounts and Misalliance on Broadway and An Octoroon and The Patron ... «Broadway.com, Jul 15»
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New York Theatre Workshop Announces Artists for the 2050 …
Past fellows include Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (An Octoroon), Drama League fellow Elena Araoz and Matthew Lopez, whose The Legend of ... «Playbill.com, Jul 15»
3
Cast Set for Lisa Lewis's SCHOOLED at FringeNYC; Runs Next Month
... Friedman (The Nether), Sarah Steele (Slow Girl at Lincoln Center) and Zoë Winters (An Octoroon). Additional development includes readings ... «Broadway World, Jul 15»
4
At Harbor Stage, playwrights go underground
Company One's Summer Williams will helm Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's “An Octoroon” (Jan. 28-Feb. 27 in the Jackie Liebergott Black Box at ... «Boston Globe, Jul 15»
5
Review: 'Off the Main Road' Stars Kyra Sedgwick as a Wife in Distress
Ms. Wiseman, last seen going happily over the top in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's “An Octoroon,” gives a wonderfully affecting performance as ... «New York Times, Jul 15»
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Review: 'Oklahoma!' Preserves a Classic While Adding Punch
... the elusive Laurey (played with haunting, self-protective pluckiness by Ms. Gray, late of “An Octoroon”). And did I mention the video cameras ... «New York Times, Jul 15»
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Photo Flash: First Look at Mary Testa, Damon Daunno, Amber Gray …
... "startling emotional veracity" in the title role of last year's Obie Award-winning production of An Octoroon. Also vying for Laurey's hand is hired ... «Broadway World, Jul 15»
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FACE IT: New Plays. New Voices
Branden jacobs-Jenkins is just 30 years old and he's already won off- Broadway awards for his shows Appropriate and An Octoroon. And now ... «Huffington Post, Jul 15»
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The Cast of 'Amazing Grace' Grapples With Slavery
... “12 Years a Slave,” which won the 2014 Academy Award for best picture — and, increasingly, Off Broadway, in such plays as “An Octoroon.”. «New York Times, Jul 15»
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Staging the American mythos
This includes working on a new play, WHITE, this summer at the play-development organization PlayPenn and performing in An Octoroon at ... «Philly.com, Jun 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Octoroon [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/octoroon>. Feb 2020 ».
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