is a term used to refer to persons born of one white parent and one black parent or to persons born of a mulatto parent or parents. The term today is generally confined to historical contexts and English-speakers of mixed
white and black ancestry seldom choose to identify themselves as "mulatto."
The term is generally considered archaic, and may be taken as pejorative, especially in the United States, where the terms "multi-ethnic", "multiracial" or "biracial" are preferred
.The term is frequently found in historical documents (e.g.
, the U.S. Census, birth and death records, etc.) where it is merely descriptive
Some residents of Spain, Latin America
, the Caribbean, and some countries in Africa freely use the term mulatto, or its cognates in other languages, usually without any suggestion
of insult. In Latin America, most mulattoes have descended from multi-ethnic relationships dating to the slavery
period, rather than from recent ethnic mixing. This is especially true in Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti, Cape Verde, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.