Jim Crow

Jim Crow
Jim Crow Jim Crow n. 1. A negro; -- said to be so called from a popular negro dance song, the refrain of which is ``Wheel about and turn about and jump Jim Crow,'' produced in 1835 by Thomas D. Rice (1808-1860), a famous negro minstrel; -- considered disparaging and offensive. [Offensive slang, U. S.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. A legally sanctioned system of racial discrimination practised in the southern United States until declared unconstitutional in 1953 and further restricted by federal legislation, by means of which negroes were segregated and discriminated against in employment and in many places of public accommodation, such as parks, commercial establishments, and public transportation. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Jim Crow — may refer to:* Jim Crow laws, laws regarding racial segregation formerly found in parts of the United States * Jump Jim Crow , the song for which Jim Crow laws were named * Jim Crow, a typeface * Jim crow, a tool for bending rails * Jim Crow, an… …   Wikipedia

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  • Jim Crow — black person, 1838, American English, originally the name of a black minstrel character in a popular song and dance act by T.D. Rice (1808 1860) that debuted 1828 and attained national popularity by 1832: Wheel about, an turn about, an do jis so; …   Etymology dictionary

  • Jim Crow — Jim′ Crow′ [[t]dʒɪm[/t]] n. amh. (sometimes l.c.) a practice or policy of segregating or discriminating against blacks Also called Jim′ Crow′ism, jim′ crow′ism. Etymology: 1920–25; so called from the name of a song sung by Thomas Rice (1808–60)… …   From formal English to slang

  • Jim-Crow — /jim kroh /, adj. 1. favoring or supporting Jim Crow. 2. for blacks only: a Jim Crow school. Also, jim crow. * * * …   Universalium

  • Jim-Crow — /jim kroh /, adj. 1. favoring or supporting Jim Crow. 2. for blacks only: a Jim Crow school. Also, jim crow …   Useful english dictionary

  • Jim Crow — ☆ Jim Crow n. [name of an early black minstrel song] [also j c ] Informal traditional discrimination against or segregation of blacks, esp. in the U.S. Jim Crow vt., adj. Jim Crowism n …   English World dictionary

  • Jim-crow — a. For negroes only; set aside for used of negroes as a policy of racial discrimination. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jim-crow — n. (Mach.) 1. A machine for bending or straightening rails. [1913 Webster] 2. A planing machine with a reversing tool, to plane both ways. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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