white goods

plural noun

Definition of white goods

1a : white fabrics especially of cotton or linen
b : articles (such as sheets, towels, or curtains) originally or typically made of white cloth
2 : major household appliances (such as stoves and refrigerators) that are typically finished in white enamel

Examples of white goods in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even now more than six in 10 people will shop for white goods the traditional way—from a retail store. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Indians have been penny-pinching for a Diwali in the time of economic slowdown," 19 Sep. 2019 Other consumer durables, like white goods, also show a hit in sales. Jayati Ghosh, Quartz India, "While India was busy celebrating its “ease of doing business” ranking, its real economy tanked," 5 Aug. 2019 Weak property sales are damaging demand for white goods like refrigerators. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Chinese Retail Apocalypse, Now?," 9 Jan. 2019 His screenplay tells the story of an Oakland man (Diggs) and his white best friend (Rafael Casal) who share an upbringing in hip-hop culture, and an antipathy to the gentrification that’s overrunning and altering their neighborhood. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "Art in melting pot America: What's appropriation and what's appropriate? New movies explore," 6 July 2018 Iris Bohnet, an economist at Harvard University, has noted a similar effect caused by awarding hygiene ratings to restaurants and putting energy-efficiency labels on white goods. The Economist, "Forcing employers to reveal their gender pay gaps is making them think," 5 Apr. 2018 The past few winters have provided everything but reliable snow in southern Wisconsin, but the good old Northwoods deliver the white goods. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In this Northwoods forest, snow and serene skiing are guaranteed," 22 Feb. 2018 Household hazardous waste will be collected separately, as will white goods and large electronics. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County plans last round of debris removal in unincorporated areas," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of white goods

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“White goods.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20goods. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of white goods

chiefly British : large pieces of household equipment (such as refrigerators and washing machines)

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