\ ˌnän-ˈ(h)wīt How to pronounce non-white (audio) \
variants: or less commonly nonwhite

Definition of non-white

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not of a white race (see race entry 1 sense 1a) nonwhite immigrants nonwhite Alaskans
2 : not of the color white … I was standing at the very top of the ladder and stretching to paint over the last non-white spot on the ceiling …— Xaver Bayer


variants: or less commonly nonwhite
plural non-whites also nonwhites

Definition of non-white (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who is not of a white race (see race entry 1 sense 1a)

Other Words from non-white


nonwhite adjective

Examples of non-white in a Sentence

Noun The program is even less popular among nonwhites.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Electoral district boundaries mean nonwhite populations may still not be equally represented. Will Carless, USA TODAY, 22 May 2022 In a time of heightening inequality and racial disparity, staff who come from nonwhite and working-class communities can’t make it in such low-paying jobs—which exacerbates the lack of low-income and minority representation. The New Republic, 10 May 2022 Turnout will be a crucial question in a midterm year, but in that regard, Democrats are excited that Stacey Abrams' candidacy for governor may help energize nonwhite voters. Simone Pathe, CNN, 27 Mar. 2022 At others, including UConn, which had no coaches of color before hiring Chris Gbandi to lead its men’s soccer program in December, nonwhite coaches are vastly outnumbered. Alex Putterman,, 26 Mar. 2022 Also in western Baltimore County, District 44, which used to include part of the city, was tweaked to pull in more neighborhoods to maintain its status as a majority nonwhite district. Pamela Wood,, 18 Jan. 2022 Sources say a small contingent of influential Academy members pushed hard for nonwhite cinema to be highlighted and white contributions to be de-emphasized. Tatiana Siegel, Rolling Stone, 14 Jan. 2022 King Richard, which features a majority nonwhite cast, also received a nomination, as did its leading man, Will Smith. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Jan. 2022 Some units even made regular but unsuccessful attempts to recruit nonwhite members and included messages on their Web sites intended to convey inclusivity. Amy Cooter, Scientific American, 27 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of non-white


1806, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Non-white.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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