white paper

noun

Definition of white paper

1 : a government report on any subject especially : a British publication that is usually less extensive than a blue book
2 : a detailed or authoritative report

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Euro/Bistro Fries Cue the white paper cone and springy metal holder. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "The Best Summer Fries, Ranked," 22 May 2018 The fact that her promised Brexit white paper is not appearing until after the summit is another annoyance. The Economist, "Theresa May heads off a rebellion," 21 June 2018 May published a white paper of her Brexit plan Thursday, days after the resignations of Boris Johnson as foreign secretary and David Davis as Brexit secretary. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "President Donald Trump arrives to Britain in 'turmoil'," 12 July 2018 The white paper, in one example of China’s upholding WTO commitments, notes that the government cut customs duties on foreign automobiles even as domestic car makers lagged behind in competitiveness. Chao Deng, WSJ, "China Defends WTO Record as Trade Fight Looms," 28 June 2018 Google calls this method Fast Fourier Color Constancy (FFCC) and has published a white paper on the subject. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google gives the Pixel camera superhuman night vision," 14 Nov. 2018 All the proposals in the white paper still have a long way to go before any potential implementation. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "If You Want To Fix Facebook, Tear Down Its Walls," 31 July 2018 In August 2013, Mark Zuckerberg tapped out a 10-page white paper on his iPhone and shared it on Facebook. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "What Happened to Facebook's Grand Plan to Wire the World?," 17 May 2018 And Duncan said Trump's criticism of May's Brexit plan is out-of date, with a more detailed white paper being released since Trump sat down for the interview Wednesday in Brussels. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Trump's bombshell interview with UK tabloid threatens to overshadow visit to Britain," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of white paper

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of white paper was in 1884

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