WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
Jim Crow /ˈdʒɪm ˈkroʊ/USA pronunciation  adj. [before a noun]
  • American History[sometimes: jim crow ] of or relating to a practice or policy of segregating or discriminating against black people.
  • Jim Crow•ism, jim crow•ism, n. [uncountable]

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    Jim Crow, 
  • American Historya practice or policy of segregating or discriminating against blacks, as in public places, public vehicles, or employment.
  • American History, Slang Terms[Disparaging and Offensive.]a black person.
  • Also,jim crow. 
    • so called from the name of a song sung by Thomas Rice (1808–60) in a minstrel show 1830–40, American.

    Jim-Crow  ( jimkrō), 
    1. American Historyfavoring or supporting Jim Crow.
    2. American Historyfor blacks only:a Jim-Crow school.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    jim crow /ˈdʒɪm ˈkrəʊ/ n (often capitals) US
    1. the policy or practice of segregating Black people
    2. (as modifier): jim-crow laws
    3. a derogatory term for a Black person
    4. an implement for bending iron bars or rails
    Etymology: 19th Century: from Jim Crow, name of song used as the basis of an act by Thomas Rice (1808–60), American entertainer

    ˈjim-ˈcrowism n

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