white goods

plural noun

1
a
: 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 The firstborn son of a family of affluent Orthodox Jewish merchants who owned a chain of five furniture, white goods and music stores throughout the region, Epstein had been expelled from or dropped out of eight private schools before ending his formal education. Glenn Frankel, Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2024 The scheme follows a similar French initiative for white goods such as fridges and washing machines. Oliver Briscoe, CNN, 13 July 2023 Midea Chairman Paul Fang hinted at interest in acquisitions in America and Europe in 2017 after the firm participated in the bidding for General Electric Co.’s white goods unit, which was sold to Chinese competitor Haier Group. Manuel Baigorri, Fortune, 30 Apr. 2023 If, due to prolonged power outages, residents get rid of white goods such as refrigerators, those should also be separated. Faimon Roberts, NOLA.com, 30 Oct. 2020 Even worse, only 6% intended to buy white goods and electronic appliances such as televisions, air conditioners, and refrigerators. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 26 Sep. 2022 Sensing also expects that other sectors, such as white goods, will borrow a page from automotive manufacturers. Forbes, 1 June 2021 One danger is that curbs on property lending and development hit spending on goods more broadly, especially since spending on big consumer durables like white goods tends to move with housing. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 11 May 2021 For Fabio Wibmer though, once he's finished washing his clothes, white goods provide the perfect obstacle for his next trick. Ben Morse, CNN, 30 May 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of white goods was in 1807

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“White goods.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20goods. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

white goods

plural noun
1
: articles of cloth (as sheets, towels, or curtains) used in the bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen
2
: major household appliances (as stoves and refrigerators) that typically are white-colored
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