WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
Jim Crow /ˈdʒɪm ˈkroʊ/USA pronunciationadj. [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]

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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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