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[dahrk-toun] /ˈdɑrkˌtaʊn/
noun, Older Use: Usually Offensive.
a part of a town or city inhabited largely by blacks.
Origin of darktown
1880-85, Americanism; dark + town
Usage note
This term from the 1880s, as used in the American South, is usually perceived as insulting and racist. But Darktown Strutters’ Ball was the name of a popular jazz song written in 1917. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Madge soon reached the edge of darktown, taking a main street which led to the better section of Claymore.

    The Secret of the Sundial Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt

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