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noun British English pronunciation: white /waɪt/ 
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pluralwhites
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the colour of milk or snow

    The sign was written in white on a black background.

    We painted the walls a creamy white.

    wear white/be dressed in white (=wear white clothes):

    The bride wore white.

  2. 2
    [countable] someone who belongs to a race of people with pale skin

    friendships between blacks and whites

  3. 4
    [countable/uncountable] informal white wine

    A glass of white, please.

  4. 5
    [uncountable] in some board games, the person who uses the white pieces

    White always moves first in chess.

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