Definition of white noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//waɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//waɪt//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] the colour of fresh snow or of milk the pure white of the newly painted walls She was dressed all in white.
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] a member of a race or people who have pale skin
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] white wine Would you like red or white? a very dry white
  4. 4[countable, uncountable] the part of an egg that surrounds the yolk (= the yellow part) Use the whites of two eggs. Whisk the egg whites until stiff.
  5. 5 [countable, usually plural] the white part of the eye The whites of her eyes were bloodshot.
  6. 6whites [plural] white clothes, sheets, etc. when they are separated from coloured ones to be washed (British English) Don't wash whites and coloureds together. (North American English) Don't wash whites and colors together.
  7. 7whites [plural] white clothes worn for playing some sports cricket/tennis whites
  8. see also flat white
    Word Originlate Old English hwīt, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wit and German weiss, also to wheat.Idioms  having no colours except black, white and shades of grey (in photographs, on television, etc.) a film made in black and white black-and-white photos See related entries: Types of film in a way that makes people or things seem completely bad or good, or completely right or wrong It's a complex issue, but he only sees it in black and white. This is not a black-and-white decision (= where the difference between two choices is completely clear).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: white