yellow peril

noun, often capitalized Y&P

Definition of yellow peril

1 : a danger to Western civilization held to arise from expansion of the power and influence of eastern Asian peoples
2 : a threat to Western living standards from the influx of eastern Asian laborers willing to work for very low wages

Examples of yellow peril in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were newspaper reports; there were radio talk shows that talked about the yellow peril and the menace. Cassa Niedringhaus, The Denver Post, "Protesters gather outside Boulder business with lucrative ICE contracts: “We can stand up”," 27 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'yellow peril.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of yellow peril

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about yellow peril

Time Traveler for yellow peril

Time Traveler

The first known use of yellow peril was in 1895

See more words from the same year

Statistics for yellow peril

Cite this Entry

“Yellow peril.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yellow%20peril. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on yellow peril

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with yellow peril

Comments on yellow peril

What made you want to look up yellow peril? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!