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Meaning of “white” in the English Dictionary

"white" in British English

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whiteadjective

uk   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 ​yourcoffee?" "White (= with ​milk or ​cream) and no ​sugar, ​please."C2 having a ​paleface because you are not well, or you are ​feelingshocked: She was white, and her ​lips were ​pale.A2 used in the ​names of ​variousfood and ​drinkproducts, many of which are not ​pure white but ​slightlycream, ​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 ​blackmother and a white ​father. a ​predominantly white ​neighbourhood

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

whitenoun

uk   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 ​redsock got put in the ​wash with the whites! a ​girl in tennis whiteswhite of the eye the ​part of the ​eye that is white: Don't ​shoot until you ​see the whites of ​theireyes (= until the ​people are very ​close to you).egg white/white of an egg the ​transparentpart of an ​egg that ​surrounds the yolk and ​becomes white when ​cooked: Beat four ​egg whites into ​stiffpeaks.

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  • white noun (PERSON)

[C] a ​person who has ​skin that is ​pale in ​colour: The ​neighbourhood is ​populatedmainly 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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