Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “white”

white

adjective uk   /waɪt/ us  

white adjective (COLOUR)

A1 of a colour like that of snow, milk, or bone: a white T-shirt white walls a black and white dog He's white-haired now. "How do you like your coffee?" "White (= with milk or cream) and no sugar, please." C2 having a pale face because you are not well, or you are feeling shocked: She was white, and her lips were pale. A2 used in the names of various food and drink products, many of which are not pure white but slightly cream, yellow, grey, or transparent: white bread white chocolate white flour white sugar

white adjective (PEOPLE)

B1 of a person who has skin that is pale in colour: He had a black mother and a white father. a predominantly white neighbourhood
whiteness
noun [U] uk   /ˈwaɪt.nəs/ us  
the quality of being white

white

noun uk   /waɪt/ us  

white noun (COLOUR)

A2 [U] a colour like that of snow, milk, or bone: In some countries it is traditional for a bride to wear white. whites [plural] white clothes, either worn for sports or put together to be washed at the same time: There was a group of men in cricket whites in the pub. white of the eye the part of the eye that is white: Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes (= until the people are very close to you). egg white/white of an egg the transparent part of an egg that surrounds the yolk and becomes white when cooked: Whisk four egg whites into stiff peaks.

white noun (PERSON)

[C] a person who has skin that is pale in colour: The neighbourhood is populated mainly by whites.
(Definition of white from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of white?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “white” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

initial

of or at the beginning

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More