(Can we verify(+) this etymology?) Origin uncertain. Perhaps from French mélange (“mixture”) + English -ian; perhaps from Arabic ملعون جن (malʕūn jinn, “lost soul, cursed soul”); perhaps from malengine; perhaps from melongene; or perhaps none of these.
Melungeon (not comparable)
- Of or pertaining to any of several similar Mestee groups currently and historically found in the Southeastern United States, all of uncertain or disputed origin.
Melungeon (plural Melungeons)
- A Melungeon person.