Six chess pieces, four
and two black.
A mountain covered in
Middle English , whit , from hwit Old English , from hwīt Proto-West Germanic , from *hwīt Proto-Germanic (whence also *hwītaz West Frisian , wyt Dutch , wit German , weiß Norwegian Bokmål , hvit Norwegian Nynorsk ), from kvit Proto-Indo-European , a byform of *ḱweydós *ḱweytós ( “ bright; shine ” ). Compare Lithuanian šviẽsti ( “ to gleam ” ), šviesa ( “ light ” ), Old Church Slavonic свѣтъ ( světŭ, “ light ” ), свѣтьлъ ( světĭlŭ, “ clear, bright ” ), Persian سفید ( sefid ), Avestan 𐬯𐬞𐬀𐬉𐬙𐬀 ( spaēta, “ white ” ), Sanskrit श्वेत ( śvetá, “ white, bright ” ).
white ( comparative whiter or , more white superlative whitest or )
Bright and colourless; reflecting equal quantities of all frequencies of visible light.
Write in black ink on white paper.
c. 1878, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Holidays"
white as the whitest lily on a stream. 1381, quoted in Hans Kurath & Sherman M. Kuhn, eds., , Ann Arbor, Mich.: Middle English Dictionary University of Michigan Press, ISBN 978-0-472-01044-8, page 1242 (1961):
dorrẹ̅, dōrī adj. & n. [… ] cook. glazed with a yellow substance; pome(s ~, sopes ~. [… ] 1381 Pegge Cook. Recipes page 114: For to make Soupys dorry. Nym onyons [… ] Nym wyn [… ] toste wyte bred and do yt in dischis, and god Almande mylk. Antonyms: , black , nonwhite unwhite
( sometimes capitalized ) Of or relating to Caucasians, people of European descent with light-coloured skin.
1949, Wendell P. Alston, “The Green Book”, in The Negro Motorist Green Book, 1949 edition, New York: Victor H. Green, page 3: [… ] more white corporations cognizant of the mounting purchasing power of the Negro consumer, have Negro representatives in the field [… ] . 2004 May 9, Michael Joseph Gross, “When the Losers Ruled in Teenage Movies”, in New York Times :  Ms. Ringwald finds a few things about these films regrettable. One thing she found "significantly disturbing," she wrote, "was how white the films are."
( chiefly historical ) Designated for use by Caucasians.
white drinking fountain white hospital Relatively
light or pale in colour.
white grapes white birch Pale or
pallid, as from fear, illness, etc.
1812, Lord Byron, , London: Printed for Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. A Romaunt John Murray, [ … ] ; William Blackwood, Edinburgh; and John Cumming, Dublin; by Thomas Davison, [ … ] , , OCLC 22697011 (please specify |canto=I, II, III, or IV): Or whispering with white lips, "The foe! / They come! they come!"
( of a person or skin ) Lacking coloration ( tan) from ultraviolet light; not tanned.
Synonyms: , fair pale Antonym: tanned
( of coffee or tea ) Containing cream, milk, or creamer.
( board games , chess ) The standard denomination of the playing pieces of a board game deemed to belong to the white set, no matter what the actual colour.
The white pieces in this set are in fact made of light green glass. Pertaining to an ecclesiastical order whose adherents dress in white
1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter ix, in , book XIII:
Le Morte Darthur NOw rydeth Galahalt yet withouten shelde / and so rode four dayes without ony aduenture / And at the fourth day after euensonge / he came to a whyte Abbay / and there was he receyued with grete reuerence / and ledde vnto a chambre / and there was he vnarmed / And thenne was he ware of knyghtes of the table round
Honourable, fair; decent.
White as thy fame, and as thy honour clear.
1737, Pope, Alexander, First Epistle of the Second Book of Horace; republished in The Complete Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, Boston, New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1902, page 194: No whiter page than Addison's remains. / He from the taste obscene reclaims our youth, / And sets the passions on the side of Truth,
1901, Hamlin Garland, Her Mountain Lover, page 51: “I’ll put you down at my club; and then, the governor will want to see you in the country.” / Jim had no idea of what was involved in being put down at a club, but he consented. “That ’s mighty white of you, old man, but I don’t know where I shall make down.”
1916, Julia Frankau, Twilight
He's a fine fellow, this Gabriel Stanton, a white man all through
1953, Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye, Penguin, 2010, p.12:
‘We've only met twice and you've been more than white to me both times.’ 1976, United Church of Christ, A.D., number 1, page 34: Even decency has been regarded as a white or Christian attribute, as is evidenced by the expression "that's very white of you" Grey, as from old age; having silvery hair;
c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “ The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies ( First Folio), London: [ … ] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act III, scene ii]: OCLC 606515358 Your high engendered battles 'gainst a head / So old and white as this.
( archaic ) Characterized by freedom from that which disturbs, and the like; fortunate; happy; favourable.
1815 February 24, [Walter Scott], , volume Guy Mannering; [ … ] (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), Edinburgh: [ … ] James Ballantyne and Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, [ … ] ; and Archibald Constable and Co., [ … ] , : OCLC 742335644 On the whole, however, the dominie reckoned this as one of the white days of his life.
( obsolete ) Regarded with especial favour; favourite; darling.
1387–1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “ The Marchauntes Tale”, in , [Westminster: The Canterbury Tales William Caxton, published 1478], ; republished in [ OCLC 230972125 William Thynne], editor, The Workes of Geffray Chaucer Newlye Printed,, [London]: [ … ] [ … ] [ Richard Grafton for] Iohn Reynes [ … ] , 1542, : OCLC 932884868 Come forth, my white spouse. c. 1626, John Ford,
Tis Pity She's a Whore I am his white boy, and will not be gulled.
( politics ) Pertaining to constitutional or anti- revolutionary political parties or movements.
1932, Duff Cooper, Talleyrand, Folio Society, 2010, p.163:
Aimée de Coigny had always adopted with enthusiasm the political views of her ruling lover and she had thus already held nearly every shade of opinion from red republicanism to white reaction.
( of tea ) Made from immature leaves and shoots.
2012, Mary Lou Heiss & Robert J. Heiss, The Tea Enthusiast's Handbook, : →ISBN Most often consisting of a budset pluck, a frost tea has the clarity and freshness of a white tea, with the richness and lingering finish of a finely crafted black tea.
( typography ) Not containing characters; see white space.
( typography ) Said of a symbol or character outline, not solid, not filled with color. Compare black ( “ said of a character or symbol filled with color ” ).
Compare two Unicode symbols: ☞ = " WHITE RIGHT POINTING INDEX"; ☛ = "BLACK RIGHT POINTING INDEX" Characterised by the presence of snow.
a white Christmas a white Easter
waet Tok Pisin:
→ Japanese: ホワイト ( howaito ) white fella
white/translations § Adjective.
An egg yolk surrounded by the egg
white ( , countable and uncountable plural )
color/ colour of snow or milk; the colour of light containing equal amounts of all visible wavelengths.
2012, Andrew Martin, Underground Overground: A passenger's history of the Tube, Profile Books, →ISBN, page 117: Not only were the platforms tiled in white, the tunnels were painted white too - to prettify them, and make them less claustrophobic - and the Central proudly issued a postcard of its tunnel-whitening machine. A person of
European descent with light-coloured skin.
1912, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World :  The Indians carried first our canoes and then our stores through the brushwood, which is very thick at this point, while we four whites, our rifles on our shoulders, walked between them and any danger coming from the woods. 2012, Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow, , page 54: →ISBN The War on Drugs proved popular among key white voters, particularly whites who remained resentful of black progress, civil rights enforcement, and affirmative action. Any
butterfly of the family Pieridae.
( countable and uncountable ) White wine.
( countable ) Any object or substance that is of the color white.
albumen of bird eggs (egg white).
( anatomy ) The sclera, white of the eye.
( sports , billiards , snooker , pool ) The cue ball in cue games.
( slang , US ) Cocaine
2004, Kanye West (music), “On The Run”, Atlantic, performed by Bump J (featuring Rick James): I've got to hit the streets; I've got to move this white. The snow- or ice-covered "green" in
snow golf. A white pigment.
( archery ) The central part of the butt, which was formerly painted white; the centre of a mark at which a missile is shot.
c. 1590–1592, William Shakespeare, “ The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies ( First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act V, scene ii]: OCLC 606515358 'Twas I won the wager, though you hit the white. The enclosed part of a letter of the alphabet, especially when handwritten.
1594, Hugh Plat, The Jewell House of Art and Nature, London, Chapter 38, p. 42,
 Also it giueth a great grace to your writing, if the whites of certeine letters bee made of one equall bignesse with the o. supposing the same were all round, as the white of the b. of the a. p. y. v. w. x. q. d. g. and s.
1677, Hannah Woolley, The Compleat Servant-Maid, London: T. Passinger, p. 18,
 [… ] the a. b. d. g. o. p. q. &c. [… ] must be made with equal whites. 1931, Margery Allingham, , Penguin, 1939, Chapter 14, p. 157, Police at the Funeral
 She copied the whole alphabet like that, as though only the inside whites of the letters registered on her mind.
wit , (af) blank Ainu:
レタㇻ ( retar ) Akan:
, fitaa sakoo American Sign Language:
5@Chest-PalmBack FlatO@NearChest-PalmBack Arabic:
أَبْيَض (ar) m ( ʾabyaḍ ), بَيْضَاء f ( bayḍāʾ ) Aragonese:
blanco m Armenian:
սպիտակ (hy) ( spitak ), ( Western ) ճերմակ (hy) ( čermak ) Asturian:
blancu m Azerbaijani:
ağ (az) Bashkir:
аҡ ( aq ) Basque:
бе́лы m ( bjély ) Breton:
gwenn (br) Bulgarian:
бяло (bg) n ( bjalo ) Burmese:
အဖြူ (my) ( a.hpru ) Catalan:
blanc (ca) m Cebuano:
, puti duas ( dirty white ) Chechen:
кӏайн ( ḳajn ) Cherokee:
ᎤᏁᎬ ( unegv ) Chinese:
白色 ( baak 6 sik 1 ) Hakka:
白色 ( pha̍k-set ) Mandarin:
白色 (zh) ( báisè ) Min Nan: 白色 (zh-min-nan) ( pe̍h-sek ) Cornish:
biancu (co) m Crimean Tatar:
bílá (cs) Danish:
hvid (da) Dutch:
wit (nl) n Erzya:
ашо ( ašo ) Esperanto:
valge (et) Ewe:
hvítur (fo) , m hvítt (fo) n Finnish:
valkoinen , (fi) valkea (fi) French:
blanc (fr) m Friulian:
branco (gl) m Georgian:
თეთრი (ka) ( tetri ) German:
Weiß , (de) Weiss (de) n ( Switzerland ) Greek:
άσπρο (el) n ( áspro ), λευκό (el) n ( lefkó ) Guaraní:
સફેદ (gu) ( saphed ) Hawaiian:
לבן (he) ( laván ) Hiligaynon:
सफ़ेद ( safed ), श्वेत (hi) ( śvet ) Hungarian:
fehér (hu) Icelandic:
hvítur (is) Indonesian:
putih , (jv) pethak (jv) Standard Indonesian:
putih (id) Sundanese: bodas Interlingua:
bán (ga) Italian:
bianco (it) m Japanese:
白 (ja) ( しろ, shiro ), ( はく, haku), 白色 (ja) ( はくしょく, hakushoku ) Kabuverdianu:
ಬಿಳಿ (kn) ( biḷi ) Kapampangan:
ақ (kk) ( aq ) Khitan:
𘬄 ( WHITE ), 𘬉 m ( WHITE° ) Khmer:
ស (km) ( sɑɑ ) Kikuyu:
하양 (ko) ( hayang ), 흰색 (ko) ( huinsaek ) Kumyk:
акъ ( aq ) Kurdish:
سپی (ku) ( spî ) Northern Kurdish: spî (ku) Latgalian:
albus (la) m Latvian:
giànco Lithuanian: balta (lt)
botsatsaka , (mg) fotsy (mg) Malay:
putih , (ms) , puteh , abiad abyad
(ms) Jawi: , ڤوتيه ابيض Malayalam:
വെളുപ്പ് (ml) ( veḷuppŭ ), വെള്ള (ml) ( veḷḷa ) Maltese:
abjad (mt) m Manchu:
ᡧᠠᠨᠶᠠᠨ m ( šanyan ), ᡧᠠᠩᡤᡳᠶᠠᠨ m ( šanggiyan ) Manx:
पांढरा ( pāṇḍharā ) Mari:
ош ( oš ) Maricopa:
اسپه ( aspeh ) Mingrelian:
ჩე ( če ) Mongolian:
цагаан (mn) ( tsagaan ), ᠴᠠᠭᠠᠨ ( čaɣan ) Montagnais:
iztac (nah) Navajo:
blianc North Frisian:
wit ( Sylt ), witj ( Föhr-Amrum ) Northern Ohlone:
hvit , (no) kvit Nynorsk: kvit O'odham:
ଧବଳ (or) ( dhabaḷa ) Pangasinan:
سپين (ps) m ( spin ) Persian:
سفید (fa) ( sefid ), سپید (fa) ( sepid ) Pipil:
biel (pl) f Portuguese:
branco (pt) m Punjabi:
ਚਿੱਟਾ m ( ciṭṭā ), ਚਿੱਟੀ f ( ciṭṭī ) Rohingya:
alb (ro) Russian:
бе́лый цвет m ( bélyj cvet ) Samogitian:
श्वेत (sa) ( śvetá ) Saterland Frisian:
wiet Scottish Gaelic:
, geal , bàn fionn Serbo-Croatian:
бела , f бијела f Roman: bela (sh) , f bijela (sh) f Shor:
ақ ( aq ) Slovak:
biely (sk) Slovene:
bel , (sl) bela f Sorbian:
Lower Sorbian: běłośina , f běłosć f Spanish:
blanco (es) m Swahili:
weupe (sw) Swedish:
vitt (sv) n Tagalog:
puti (tl) Tajik:
сафед (tg) ( safed ) Tamil:
வெள்ளை (ta) ( veḷḷai ) Telugu:
తెలుపు (te) ( telupu ), శ్వేతము (te) ( śvētamu ) Tetum:
สีขาว (th) ( sǐi-kǎao ) Tibetan:
དཀར་པོ ( dkar po ) Tok Pisin:
beyaz , (tr) ak (tr) Ukrainian:
бі́лий (uk) ( bílyj ) Umbundu:
سفید ( safed ) Uyghur:
ئاق (ug) ( aq ) Venetian:
bianco (vec) , m bianch m Vietnamese:
trắng (vi) Volapük:
viet (vo) Welsh:
gwyn , (cy) gwen (cy) West Frisian:
wyt (fy) n Yiddish:
ווײַס ( vays ) Yoruba:
àwo funfun Zazaki: sıpe (diq) , m sıpi (diq) f
フレシサㇺ ( húresisam ) Albanian:
i bardhë , m e bardhë , pl të bardhë , pl e bardhë f Arabic:
قَوْقَازِيّ m ( qawqāziyy ), يَافِثِيّ m ( yāfiṯiyy ) Armenian:
սպիտակամորթ (hy) ( spitakamortʿ ) Bulgarian:
бял (bg) m ( bjal ), бяла (bg) f ( bjala ) Chinese:
白人 ( baak 6 jan 4 ) Mandarin:
白人 (zh) ( báirén ), 白種人 ( báizhǒngrén ), 洋人 (zh) ( yángrén ) Min Nan: 白人 (zh-min-nan) ( pe̍h-lâng ) Cree:
Plains Cree: mōniyāw Czech:
běloch (cs) , m běloška (cs) f Danish:
hvid (da) Dutch:
blanke (nl) m or f Esperanto:
, blankulo kaŭkazulo Ewe:
valkoinen , (fi) valkoihoinen (fi) French:
blanc (fr) , m blanche (fr) f Galician:
branco (gl) m German:
Weißer (de) , m Weiße (de) ( f Weiße (de) m or f def.) Gujarati:
ધોળિયો ( dhoḷiyo ) Hawaiian:
गोरा (hi) m ( gorā ) ( colloquial ), फ़िरंगी m ( firaṅgī ) ( derogatory ), फिरंगी (hi) ( phiraṅgī ), फिरंग (hi) ( phiraṅg ) Hungarian:
fehér , (hu) fehér ember Indonesian:
orang kulit putih , (id) bule (id) Italian: bianco (it) , m bianca (it) f
白人 (ja) ( はくじん, hakujin ) Kikuyu:
Mũthũngũ 1 Kongo:
백인 (ko) ( baegin ) Kurdish:
Northern Kurdish: spî , (ku) çermspî Lingala:
orang putih Nanticoke:
krinkari Northern Ohlone:
branco (pt) , m caucasoide , m or f caucasiano (pt) m Punjabi:
ਗੋਰਾ m ( gorā ) Russian:
бе́лый (ru) m ( bélyj ) Serbo-Croatian:
, (please verify) белац m , (please verify) бије́лац m (please verify) белкиња f Roman: , (please verify) belac (sh) m , (please verify) bijélac (sh) m , (please verify) bjelac , (please verify) belkinja f , (please verify) bijelkinja f (please verify) bjȅlkinja (sh) f Spanish:
blanco (es) , m blanca (es) f Swahili:
mzungu (sw) Swedish:
vit (sv) c Telugu:
తెల్లవారు (te) ( tellavāru ) Tok Pisin:
, waitman dimdim Turkish:
beyaz (tr) Vietnamese:
, người trắng người bạch Volapük:
( ♂♀ ) , vietan ( ♂ ) , hivietan ( ♀ ) jivietan Yup'ik:
kass'aq Zulu: umlungu 1 or 2
бялото на яйцето, бяло (bg) n ( bjalo ), белтък (bg) m ( beltǎk ) Catalan:
clara (ca) f Chinese:
蛋白 ( daan 6-2 baak 6-2 ) Hakka:
卵白 ( lón-pha̍k ) Mandarin:
蛋白 (zh) ( dànbái ), 蛋清 (zh) ( dànqīng ), 卵白 (zh) ( luǎnbái ) Min Nan: 卵清 ( nn̄g-chheng ), 白仁 ( pe̍h-jîn, pe̍h-lîn ), 卵白 (zh-min-nan) ( nn̄g-pe̍h ) Czech:
bílek (cs) m Faroese:
hvíti , m eggjahvíti m Finnish:
valkuainen (fi) German:
Eiweiß (de) n Greek:
λεύκωμα (el) n ( léfkoma ), ασπράδι (el) n ( asprádi )
Ancient: λευκόν n ( leukón ) Hungarian:
fehérje , (hu) tojásfehérje (hu) Irish:
gealacán , m gealacán uibhe m Italian:
albume (it) m Japanese:
白身 (ja) ( しろみ, shiromi ), 卵白 (ja) ( らんぱく, rampaku ) Kurdish:
Central Kurdish: سپێناو ( spênav )
common name for the
Pieris genus of butterflies
archery: central part of the butt
white ( third-person singular simple present , whites present participle , whiting simple past and past participle )
( transitive ) To make white; to whiten; to bleach.
whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of [… ] uncleanness
so as no fuller on earth can white them 1899 Feb, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, page 199: In a very few hours I arrived in a city that always makes me think of a whited sepulchre.
weak singular strong / weak plural Alternative form of whit