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"white" in British English

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uk   /waɪt/  us   /waɪt/
  • 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.UK "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 wine

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  • 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

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noun [U] uk   /ˈwaɪt.nəs/  us   /ˈwaɪt.nəs/
the quality of being white


uk   /waɪt/  us   /waɪt/
  • 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 cooking, or put together to be washed at the same time: A red sock got put in the wash with the whites! a girl in tennis whites
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: Beat four egg whites into stiff peaks.

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  • 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"white" in American English

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whiteadjective, noun [C/U]

 us   /hwɑɪt, wɑɪt/
  • white adjective, noun [C/U] (COLOR)

(of) a color like that of snow, milk, or bone: white hair a white shirt [C] We used a bright white on the ceilings.
The white of an egg is the part of an egg that becomes white when cooked.

whiteadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /hwɑɪt, wɑɪt/
belonging to a race whose skin is pale in color; Caucasian: There were many white faces in the crowd.
(Definition of white from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“white” in American English

A bunch of stuff about plurals
A bunch of stuff about plurals
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May 24, 2016
by Colin McIntosh One of the many ways in which English differs from other languages is its use of uncountable nouns to talk about collections of objects: as well as never being used in the plural, they’re never used with a or an. Examples are furniture (plural in German and many other languages), cutlery (plural in Italian), and

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