white lead

noun

Definition of white lead

: any of several white pigments containing lead especially : a heavy poisonous basic carbonate of lead marketed as a powder or as a paste in linseed oil and used especially formerly in paints

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Recent Examples on the Web Tired of us also being used as side kick non dimensional characters to our white leads. NBC News, "Vanessa Morgan says she gets paid less than her white 'Riverdale' co-stars," 3 June 2020 In China and Japan too, elite women and some men used white lead preparations and rice powder to achieve complexions resembling white jade or fresh lychee. Lynn M. Thomas, Quartz Africa, "There’s a complex history of skin lighteners in Africa and beyond," 9 Mar. 2020 Princess Weekes points out that The Help, written by a white author, is the only book on the list with a non-white lead. Cassie Werber, Quartz, "The bestselling books of the decade tell a complex story about women," 22 Dec. 2019 It is mortised throughout and the home's joints were set in white lead. Alice Adams, Houston Chronicle, "The Menard house is one of Galveston’s oldest structures," 20 Sep. 2019 Networks are casting diverse ensembles, but actors of color mostly take a back seat to white leads. Judy Berman, Time, "I Watched All 16 New Network Shows. Here’s Why You Shouldn’t," 18 Sep. 2019 She is popularly cited as having the first interracial kiss on American television, when her character famously locked lips with white leading man William Shatner‘s Captain James T. Kirk. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Nichelle Nichols Attends Star Trek Convention with Son amid Battle Over Her Conservatorship," 1 Aug. 2019 Priests in white led a solemn requiem mass in Latin. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, "The Death of Simaro Lutumba Closes a Chapter of Congolese Music," 26 June 2019 Once, that had meant rejecting outright a $4 million record deal because it was conditioned on The Slants hiring a white lead singer. Nathan Rizzo | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "‘Slanted’ tells the story of Portland Asian American band’s fight to keep its name," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of white lead

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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white lead

noun

Medical Definition of white lead

: any of several white lead-containing pigments especially : a heavy poisonous basic carbonate of lead of variable composition used especially formerly in paints

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