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

Definition of nonwhite

: a person who is not of the white race

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nonwhite adjective

Examples of nonwhite in a Sentence

The program is even less popular among nonwhites.
Recent Examples on the Web Biden also had trouble among the few nonwhites in the electorate, a group whose support he’s been banking on. Gary Langer, ABC News, "Strong liberals lift Sanders, Buttigieg keeps a broad base as NH centrists bring Klobuchar into contention," 11 Feb. 2020 Over the past 12 months wage gains for nonwhites have been not only substantially higher than those of whites, but also higher than economists’ estimates of inflation plus productivity. Karl W. Smith, Twin Cities, "Karl W. Smith: Trump’s economy is working for minorities," 8 Nov. 2019 Most of the data about those sequences comes from studies of white people and has missed gene variants that cause disease in nonwhites—inequality in research that will produce inequality in health if it isn’t fixed. Josh Fischman, Scientific American, "The DNA Drug Revolution," 21 Dec. 2019 According to recent census figures, Canada’s population is about 73% white, compared with 77% in the U.S. Many of the nonwhites in Canada are from Asia. Washington Post, "Trudeau’s support holds after apology for wearing brownface," 21 Sep. 2019 In Cobb, for instance, nonwhites are expected to outnumber whites by '21. Brian Burnsed,, "Two Playoff Teams, Two New Stadiums and One Great Divide," 3 Oct. 2019 Nonetheless, in the latest Gallup poll of presidential job approval, Trump stands at 20% among nonwhites, up from a low of 14% in January. Karl W. Smith, Twin Cities, "Karl W. Smith: Trump’s economy is working for minorities," 8 Nov. 2019 Among nonwhites, Biden leads with 31 percent support, with Warren and Sanders each receiving 20 percent and Buttigieg falling to 2 percent., "Meanwhile, the poll finds significant concerns about Sanders’ fitness in the wake of his heart attack last month, with more than 4 in 10 Democrats saying he is not in good enough health to serve as president.," 3 Nov. 2019 While a plurality of white millennials chooses to identify as politically Independent, nonwhites are more likely to prefer the Democratic Party. Melissa Deckman, Vox, "Will young women of color shape the Democratic Party?," 23 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of nonwhite

1864, in the meaning defined above

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17 Feb 2020

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“Nonwhite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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