non·​white | \ ˌnän-ˈ(h)wīt How to pronounce nonwhite (audio) \
plural nonwhites

Definition of nonwhite

: a person who is not white (see white entry 1 sense 2a)

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nonwhite adjective

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The program is even less popular among nonwhites.
Recent Examples on the Web The death of Tamir was one of a number of high-profile encounters between police and nonwhite Americans that helped galvanize the national Black Lives Matter movement against police misconduct. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Two Officers in Tamir Rice’s Fatal Shooting Won’t Face Federal Charges," 30 Dec. 2020 That is a stark contrast to the demographics on the field, where 40 percent of major-league players are identified as nonwhite by M.L.B. — the majority of whom are Latino. James Wagner, New York Times, "Hailed as a Trailblazer, Kim Ng Stands Alone," 29 Jan. 2021 About half of those schools have student populations that are predominantly Black or nonwhite. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Abraham Lincoln, out. George Washington, gone. San Francisco votes to rename 44 schools for namesakes' ties to racism, slavery.," 28 Jan. 2021 The pipeline’s planned track runs beneath majority-nonwhite communities. Helen Santoro, The New Republic, "Why the Environmental Justice Movement Should Think Locally," 18 Jan. 2021 As a 47-year-old Latino Democrat in a deep-blue state where about 60% of the population identifies as Latino or nonwhite, Padilla is in many ways the Republicans’ worst nightmare. Anna Buchmann,, "Bay Briefing: ‘This is an anxious period’," 29 Dec. 2020 In every case, the race adjustment results in potential harm to patients who identify as nonwhite, with Black, Latinx, Asian and Native American people affected to various degrees by different calculations. The Editors, Scientific American, "Take Racism Out of Medical Algorithms," 23 Nov. 2020 Columbia Heights ranks among Minnesota’s most diverse cities, with 35% of the city’s 20,000 residents identifying as nonwhite. Kim Hyatt, Star Tribune, "Mayor-elect Amáda Márquez Simula hopes to usher in diversity at Columbia Heights City Hall," 5 Nov. 2020 The classic term for the way Charlie Moore looks at Black spaces is the white gaze—the process through which white perspectives, through power or dominance, supersede nonwhite ones. Stephen Kearse, The Atlantic, "The YouTuber Who Treats the Inner City Like a Safari," 31 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of nonwhite

1864, in the meaning defined above

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17 Feb 2021

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“Nonwhite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonwhite

: a person who is not a member of the white race : a person who does not have the light-colored skin of people whose ancestors were European

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