white

adjective
\ ˈhwīt How to pronounce white (audio) , ˈwīt\
whiter; whitest

Definition of white

 (Entry 1 of 13)

1a : free from color
b : of the color of new snow or milk specifically : of the color white
c : light or pallid in color white hair lips white with fear
d : lustrous pale gray : silvery also : made of silver
2a : being a member of a group or race characterized by light pigmentation of the skin
b : of, relating to, characteristic of, or consisting of white people or their culture
c [ from the former stereotypical association of good character with northern European descent ] : marked by upright fairness that's mighty white of you
3 : free from spot or blemish: such as
a(1) : free from moral impurity : innocent
(2) : marked by the wearing of white by the woman as a symbol of purity a white wedding
b : unmarked by writing or printing
c : not intended to cause harm a white lie white magic
d : favorable, fortunate one of the white days of his life— Sir Walter Scott
4a : wearing or habited in white
b : marked by the presence of snow : snowy a white Christmas
5a : heated to the point of whiteness
b : notably ardent : passionate white fury
6a : conservative or reactionary in political outlook and action
b : instigated or carried out by reactionary forces as a counterrevolutionary measure a white terror
7 : of, relating to, or constituting a musical tone quality characterized by a controlled pure sound, a lack of warmth and color, and a lack of resonance
8 : consisting of a wide range of frequencies used of light, sound, and electromagnetic radiation

white

noun

Definition of white (Entry 2 of 13)

1 : the achromatic object color of greatest lightness characteristically perceived to belong to objects that reflect diffusely nearly all incident energy throughout the visible spectrum
2a : a white or light-colored part of something: such as
(1) : a mass of albuminous material surrounding the yolk of an egg
(2) : the white part of the eyeball
(3) : the light-colored pieces in a 2-player board game also : the player by whom these are played
(4) : the area of a page unmarked by writing, printing, or illustration
b(1) archaic : a white target
(2) : the fifth or outermost circle of an archery target also : a shot that hits it
3 : one that is or approaches white in color: such as
a : white clothing often used in plural
c : a white mammal (such as a horse or a hog)
d(1) : a white-colored product (such as flour) usually used in plural
(2) : any of numerous butterflies (subfamily Pierinae of the family Pieridae) that usually have the ground color of the wings white and are related to the sulphur butterflies
e whites plural : teeth used in the phrase pearly whites
4 whites plural : leukorrhea
5 : a person belonging to a light-skinned race
6 often capitalized : a member of a conservative or reactionary political group

white

verb
whited; whiting

Definition of white (Entry 3 of 13)

White

biographical name (1)
\ ˈhwīt How to pronounce White (audio) , ˈwīt\

Definition of White (Entry 4 of 13)

Andrew Dickson 1832–1918 American educator and diplomat

White

biographical name (2)

Definition of White (Entry 5 of 13)

Byron Raymond 1917–2002 American jurist

White

biographical name (3)

Definition of White (Entry 6 of 13)

Edward Douglass 1845–1921 American jurist; chief justice U.S. Supreme Court (1910–21)

White

biographical name (4)

Definition of White (Entry 7 of 13)

Elwyn Brooks 1899–1985 American journalist and writer

White

biographical name (5)

Definition of White (Entry 8 of 13)

Gilbert 1720–1793 English clergyman and naturalist

White

biographical name (6)

Definition of White (Entry 9 of 13)

Patrick Victor Martindale 1912–1990 Australian writer

White

biographical name (7)

Definition of White (Entry 10 of 13)

Stanford 1853–1906 American architect

White

biographical name (8)

Definition of White (Entry 11 of 13)

Theodore Harold 1915–1986 American journalist and writer

White

biographical name (9)

Definition of White (Entry 12 of 13)

William Allen 1868–1944 American journalist and writer

White

geographical name

Definition of White (Entry 13 of 13)

1 river 690 miles (1110 kilometers) long in northern Arkansas and southwestern Missouri flowing southeast into the Mississippi River
2 river 250 miles (402 kilometers) long in northwestern Colorado and eastern Utah flowing west into the Green River
3 river 50 miles (80 kilometers) long in southwestern Indiana flowing west into the Wabash River
4 river 325 miles (523 kilometers) long in southern South Dakota flowing east into the Missouri River
5 river 130 miles (209 kilometers) long in northwestern Texas

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Other Words from white

Adjective

whitish \ ˈhwī-​tish How to pronounce whitish (audio) , ˈwī-​ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for white

Synonyms: Adjective

colorless, tintless [archaic], uncolored, undyed, unpainted, unstained

Antonyms: Adjective

colored, colorized, dyed, hued, painted, pigmented, stained, tinct, tinctured, tinged, tinted

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Examples of white in a Sentence

Adjective

He was wearing white sneakers. He had a long, white beard. Her lips were white with fear. He turned white when he heard the news. He came from a white middle-class background. His mother is Hispanic and his father is white.

Noun

the whites of his eyes The cake recipe calls for four egg whites.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Whiteheads, on the other hand, are closed, making the cocktail inside appear white, pinkish, or flesh-colored. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "12 Common Face 'Bumps' and How to Deal With Them," 31 May 2019 All were laid out on a white, backlit platform over a pool of plastic diamonds. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why Jaclyn Hill Is Launching Her Namesake Brand With 20 Nude Lipsticks — and Zero Reds," 30 May 2019 That same red, white, and blue color scheme will be be worn this year by the #68 Ford GT. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Ford GT Gets Special Racing Liveries That Celebrate Legendary Wins at Le Mans," 29 May 2019 For the special occasion, Meghan wore a chic, white, Wales Bonner trench dress, with her favorite BB Suede Manolo Blahnik pumps, and a Jennifer Meyer necklace. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Shared an Amazing Photo of Baby Archie on Mother's Day," 12 May 2019 The London Eye, one of London's most popular tourist attractions, also lit up last night in red, white, and blue, the colors of both the Union Jack, but also the American flag. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "London Landmarks Celebrate the Birth of the Royal Baby," 7 May 2019 Shape white fondant into 2 small disks as eyes and attach. Decorate with a food-safe marker. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Mother's Day Cookie Bouquet," 6 May 2019 These are the primary reasons white, Southern, evangelical Christians would never dare to vote for a Democrat. Cindy Mallette, Vox, "In a year of hyperpartisanship, I did the unthinkable — I changed my mind about politics.," 20 Dec. 2018 The white and blue florals maxi dress dress looked regal on the Duchess, and featured a high neck and bracelet-length sleeves. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Looks Lovely in a Floral Erdem Dress at the Chelsea Flower Show," 20 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

My favorite go-to high protein breakfast meal is a frittata made with egg whites, lean steak, and feta. Patricia Bannan, Fox News, "10 dietitian-approved breakfasts to keep you full longer," 15 Aug. 2018 The healthy fat from the avocado together with the 21 grams of protein (mainly from the egg whites) and 7 grams of fiber (from the bagel and veggies) means this is a meal that will curb hunger and fuel busy days. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "The healthiest things to eat at Panera Bread," 14 June 2018 The Maracuyá Sour, topped with foamy egg white, is bracing and aromatic. Maggie Hoffman, SFChronicle.com, "Meet School Night, Dogpatch’s weeknight-only bar," 13 June 2018 Slowly whisk in the egg whites, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Charlotte Druckman, sacbee, "In a churn of events, salted butter is back | The Sacramento Bee," 8 May 2018 Whip the egg whites in a medium bowl until soft peaks form. Nina Mandell, For The Win, "How to make the perfect Kentucky Derby breakfast according to Bobby Flay," 4 May 2018 Lysozyme particles are anti-bacterial enzymes in egg whites, which help protect the yolk from foreign bacteria. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "This K-Beauty Egg Cleanser and Clay Mask Will Give You Clear Skin," 23 Apr. 2018 To make the salmon burgers: In a mixing bowl, combine the salmon, panko, green onions, ginger, garlic, egg whites, soy sauce, lime juice and salt. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Struggling to use up the salmon in your freezer from last year? We’re here to help.," 6 Apr. 2018 Kiernan Shipka-as-Sabrina's hair is now the iconic white of her comic book namesake. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 5 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of white

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for white

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English hwīt; akin to Old High German hwīz white and probably to Old Church Slavonic světŭ light, Sanskrit śveta white, bright

Verb

Middle English, from white, adjective

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white

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of white

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having the color of fresh snow or milk
: light or pale in color
: of or relating to a race of people who have light-colored skin and who come originally from Europe

white

noun

English Language Learners Definition of white (Entry 2 of 2)

: the very light color of fresh snow or milk
: white clothing
: white clothes used to play sports

white

adjective
\ ˈhwīt How to pronounce white (audio) , ˈwīt\
whiter; whitest

Kids Definition of white

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of the color of fresh snow : colored white
2 : light or pale in color Her face was white with fear.
3 : silvery
4 : belonging to a race of people having light-colored skin
5 : blank entry 1 sense 1 Do not write in white spaces on the page.
6 : not intended to cause harm white lies
7 : snowy sense 1 a white Christmas

Other Words from white

whiteness noun

white

noun

Kids Definition of white (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the color of fresh snow : the opposite of black
2 : the white part of something (as an egg)
3 : white clothing She is dressed in white.
4 : a person belonging to a race of people having light-colored skin

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