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adjective white pronunciation in British English /waɪt/
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  1. 1
    something that is white is the same colour as milk or snow. If something is similar to this colour, you can say that it is a whitish colour
    a spotless white tablecloth
    a black and white kitten
    pure/snow white (=completely white): the pure white sandy beaches
    brilliant/dazzling/gleaming white: the Spanish houses with their brilliant white walls
    white with: The hills were white with snow.
    See also black1
  2. 2
    a white person belongs to a race of people with pale skin
    The attacker was described as white, with short hair.
    She has a number of white friends.
    1. a.
      relating to white people, or consisting of white people
      a white neighbourhood
      predominantly/mostly white: They live in a predominantly white suburb of Los Angeles.
    See also black1
  3. 3
    very pale in the face because you are frightened, angry, or ill
    white with anger/shock/fear: Luke’s face was white with anger.
    go/turn white: She suddenly turned deathly white and fainted.
  4. 5
    informal completely fair or honest
    whiter than white: He is an old-fashioned, uncomplicated, whiter-than-white hero.
    lily-white: The sport’s lily-white reputation has been stained by the affair.

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noun [uncountable]
the snowy whiteness of her hair
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