Meaning of WHITE in English

WHITE

/ waɪt; NAmE / adjective , noun

■ adjective ( whiter , whit·est )

1.

having the colour of fresh snow or of milk :

a crisp white shirt

white bread

a set of perfect white teeth

His hair was as white as snow .

The horse was almost pure white in colour.

2.

belonging to or connected with a race of people who have pale skin :

white middle-class families

She writes about her experiences as a black girl in a predominantly white city.

3.

( of the skin ) pale because of emotion or illness :

white with shock

She went white as a sheet when she heard the news.

4.

( BrE ) ( of tea or coffee ) with milk added :

Two white coffees, please.

Do you take your coffee black or white?

—compare black

►  white·ness noun [ U , sing. ]

■ noun

1.

[ U ] the colour of fresh snow or of milk :

the pure white of the newly painted walls

She was dressed all in white.

2.

[ C , usually pl. ] a member of a race or people who have pale skin

3.

[ U , C ] white wine :

Would you like red or white?

a very dry white

4.

[ C , U ] the part of an egg that surrounds the yolk (= the yellow part) :

Use the whites of two eggs.

—picture at egg

5.

[ C , usually pl. ] the white part of the eye :

The whites of her eyes were bloodshot.

6.

whites [ pl. ] white clothes, sheets, etc. when they are separated from coloured ones to be washed :

( BrE )

Don't wash whites and coloureds together.

( NAmE )

Don't wash whites and colors together.

7.

whites [ pl. ] white clothes worn for playing some sports :

cricket / tennis whites

IDIOMS

see black noun

IDIOMS

- whiter than white

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WORD ORIGIN

late Old English hwīt , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wit and German weiss , also to wheat .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.