Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) (usually in the plural) trousers made of flannel or gabardine or tweed or white cloth
  2. (noun, artifact) (board games) the lighter pieces
  3. (noun, attribute) the quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness (bearing the least resemblance to black)
  4. (noun, food) the white part of an egg; the nutritive and protective gelatinous substance surrounding the yolk consisting mainly of albumin dissolved in water
  5. (noun, object) a tributary of the Mississippi River that flows southeastward through northern Arkansas and southern Missouri
  6. (noun, person) a member of the Caucasoid race
  7. (noun, person) United States educator who in 1865 (with Ezra Cornell) founded Cornell University and served as its first president (1832-1918)
  8. (noun, person) United States writer noted for his humorous essays (1899-1985)
  9. (noun, person) United States architect (1853-1906)
  10. (noun, person) United States political journalist (1915-1986)
  11. (noun, person) Australian writer (1912-1990)
  12. (noun, person) United States jurist appointed chief justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1910 by President Taft; noted for his work on antitrust legislation (1845-1921)
  13. (verb, change) turn white
  14. (adj, all) of or belonging to a racial group having light skin coloration
  15. (adj, all) of summer nights in northern latitudes where the sun barely sets
  16. (adj, all) being of the achromatic color of maximum lightness; having little or no hue owing to reflection of almost all incident light
    a bride's white dress
  17. (adj, all) anemic looking from illness or emotion
    the invalid's blanched cheeks
    tried to speak with bloodless lips
    a face livid with shock
    lips...livid with the hue of death
    lips white with terror
    a face white with rage
  18. (adj, all) (of hair) having lost its color
  19. (adj, all) (of coffee) having cream or milk added
  20. (adj, all) (of a surface) not written or printed on
    fill in the blank spaces
    a clean page
    wide white margins
  21. (adj, all) benevolent; without malicious intent
  22. (adj, all) glowing white with heat
    a white-hot center of the fire
  23. (adj, all) restricted to whites only
    a lily-white movement which would expel Negroes from the organization
  24. (adj, all) marked by the presence of snow
    the white hills of a northern winter
  25. (adj, all) free from moral blemish or impurity; unsullied

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of White


Origin of the word White

  1. O.E. hwit, from P.Gmc. *khwitaz (cf. O.S., O.Fris. hwit, O.N. hvitr, Du. wit, O.H.G. hwiz, Ger. wei?, Goth. hveits), from PIE *kwintos/*kwindos "bright" (cf. Skt. svetah "white;" O.C.S. sviteti "to shine," svetu "light;" Lith. sviesti "to shine," svaityti "to brighten"). As a surna… more

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