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

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Definition of White (Entry 5 of 13)

Byron Raymond 1917–2002 American jurist

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Definition of White (Entry 6 of 13)

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

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Definition of White (Entry 7 of 13)

Elwyn Brooks 1899–1985 American journalist and writer

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Definition of White (Entry 8 of 13)

Gilbert 1720–1793 English clergyman and naturalist

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Definition of White (Entry 9 of 13)

Patrick Victor Martindale 1912–1990 Australian writer

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Definition of White (Entry 10 of 13)

Stanford 1853–1906 American architect

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Definition of White (Entry 11 of 13)

Theodore Harold 1915–1986 American journalist and writer

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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

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 The designer shared an image of a new label conceptualized in collaboration with the art director icon Peter Saville, and along with it, a graphic orange, white, and tan monogram logo featuring the letters TB. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Plays the Girl, the Lady, the Boy, and the Gentleman for Burberry’s Monogram Collection Debut," 14 May 2019 In addition to that skid creation and the white leather interior with blue stitching, the Astronaut Edition gets a number of other unique touches. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The Range Rover Astronaut Edition Is Only for Virgin Galactic's Commercial Astronauts," 9 May 2019 Libra — Natasha Lyonne The Scales sign got a creative spin with Natasha Lyonne's outfit, which was the perfect balance of shoulders and blue and white. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "What Met Gala 2019 Outfit You Are According to Your Zodiac Sign," 7 May 2019 Ascension is arguably the most princess-y, with its white and gray floral heraldry-like packaging and shades of sweet pastels and soft, neutral browns with names like Glass Slipper, Tulle, and Curtsy. Marci Robin, Allure, "CoverGirl’s New Royalty-Inspired Eye Shadow Palettes Are Giving Us Game of Thrones Vibes," 26 Apr. 2019 Matter moving generates heat, which causes the disk to glow bright red and white. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How They Got the Black Hole Picture That Changed Science," 10 Apr. 2019 The actress made the big reveal while arriving to a Chanel event in Paris yesterday, her baby bump visible in her white breezy dress. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Keira Knightley Is Reportedly Pregnant with Her Second Child," 3 May 2019 Other research has shown that white neighborhoods can have about four times as many supermarkets are predominantly black neighborhoods do, and on top of that, the supermarkets in black communities usually have less of a selection. Jessica Booth, Redbook, "Everything You Need To Know About Food Deserts," 29 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Fold the egg whites into the coconut-cream mixture until fully incorporated. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Frozen S'mores," 14 Mar. 2019 The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Max Boot, Jackie Robinson, and the racism problem in the Republican Party," 12 Oct. 2018 In a large metal or glass bowl, whisk together the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Marshmallow Ghosts," 19 Sep. 2018 In the meantime, having proved their technique with these hybrids, Dr Hildebrandt and his colleagues now hope to create more embryos, this time using eggs from the two remaining female northern whites. The Economist, "IVF may bring northern white rhinos back from the brink of extinction," 4 July 2018 Here's a few of the offerings ($9-11): Clover Club: Commerce gin, lemon, raspberry, whipped egg whites. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Micah Olson gets behind the bar of Arizona Distilling Co.'s new cocktail lounge," 27 June 2018 According to a 2015 study, African-Americans died at the hands of police at a rate of 7.2 per million, while whites were killed at a rate of 2.9 per million. Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why You Need to Stop Saying "All Lives Matter"," 16 Apr. 2019 This insane wine cellar can hold up to 1,000 bottles of your favorite reds and whites. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Mansion's 1,000-Bottle Wine Cellar Is Cooler Than Any Walk-In Closet," 21 Feb. 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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