White person

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n White person a member of the Caucasoid race
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Grover Cleveland answered the White House phone, personally.
    • White person A person of the Caucasian race (6 Fed. Rep. 256).In the time of slavery in the United States white person was generally construed as a person without admixture of colored blood. In various statutes and decisions in different States since 1865 white person is construed as in effect (as of 1913): one not having any negro blood (Ark., Okla.); one having less than one eighth of negro blood (Ala., Fla., Ga., Ind., Ky., Md., Minn., Miss., Mo., N.C., S.C., Tenn., Tex.); one having less than one fourth (Mich., Neb., Ore., Va.); one having less than one half (Ohio). Since the passage of civil rights legislation in the 1960's and 1970's, the term has little legal significance -- for some purposes, as in filling out questionnaires, a person's race is whatever the person claims it to be.
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Quotations

  • Hazel Scott
    Hazel Scott
    “There's only one free person in this society, and he is white and male.”

Usage

In literature:

White persons living in Hawaii are not affected by the Kahunas, for they do not believe in them, neither do they fear them.
"Genuine Mediumship or The Invisible Powers" by Bhakta Vishita
He told us the name and address and bad actions of every white person we met.
"The Idler Magazine, Volume III., July 1893" by Various
Last time we had seen the road it had been quite white and bare of persons walking on it, but now there were several.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
Who may have been these mysterious persons whose white faces for generations haunted the lakes and the plains?
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Questioned as to this woman's personal appearance, she said she could not tell, but that she wore a white dress.
"The Other Side of the Door" by Lucia Chamberlain
It was true that he looked like some other person's dog, with a white face and whiskers.
"'Murphy'" by Major Gambier-Parry
There were altogether about 12,000 white persons, most of them being men who wore blue shirts and lived on pork and potatoes.
"History of Australia and New Zealand" by Alexander Sutherland
How could a person be sure about anybody, if a girl with a face like a white flower could send valentines to herself with the address side down?
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
Perhaps the distinction is so subtle that only those persons can decide who have long white beards.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
You can tell sometimes when persons are looking at the planes by a speck of white, which is a face.
"Some Naval Yarns" by Mordaunt Hall
If you were as white as any person on earth, I would not marry you.
"A Black Adonis" by Linn Boyd Porter
In January, 1625, there were 1209 white persons, and 23 negroes.
"The Bounty of the Chesapeake" by James Wharton
A charming miniature White Feather, suitable for personal adornment, will be presented to all customers.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, August 26th, 1914" by Various
Negroes and persons of mixed blood are more subject to it than the whites.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
This person's hair was white and his whiskers too; he was shabby and wore spectacles.
"Christopher and the Clockmakers" by Sara Ware Bassett
There is not a single white person living within the incorporated city; it promises to be a unique community.
"Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements" by Various
The car had only one occupant, a slender young person in white.
"The Wishing Moon" by Louise Elizabeth Dutton
Just before you wish to serve add the hard boiled yolk of an egg for each person; chop the whites and put in the tureen.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
A fine is to be imposed on every white person who instructs at such meetings.
"Thoughts on African Colonization" by William Lloyd Garrison
The white person (she was quite terrible) undid the fastening and shook her shoulders free of the fur.
"The Immortal Moment" by May Sinclair
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In poetry:

Instead of the cave! ah lovely-chilly, dark,
ur-moist his cousins hang in hundreds or swerve
with personal radar,
crisisless, kid. Instead of the cave? I serve,
inside, my blind term. Filthy four-foot lights
reflect on the whites of our eyes.
"Dream Song 63: Bats have no bankers and they do not drink" by John Berryman
Her Majesty the Empress Frederick a great sensation made,
She was one of the chief attractions in the whole cavalcade;
And in her carriage was the Princess Louise, the Marchioness of Lorne,
In a beautiful white dress, which did per person adorn.
"The Queen's Jubilee Celebrations" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Obama 'Typical White Person ' Comment Delights Clinton Aides.
The FBI says a single person is responsible for mailing hundreds of letters with white powder nationwide.
Indianapolis firefighters have recovered the body of a person from the White River in the city's Broad Ripple neighborhood.
Can a White person ever begin to understand.
Former Cosmo Editor in Chief Kate White: Get a Personal Board of Directors.
"Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the president to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA," he said in a statement.
32566 Navarre FL USA Contact Person: Ben White Navarre Chamber: Yes.
South Africans, many of whom had never seen snow in person, took the opportunity to play in the white stuff.
The Isabella County Sheriff said any questions about split personalities will be addressed as part of a psychological exam ordered Thursday for White.
Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl personally asked Liam Howlett of Prodigy to remix the Foo Fighters song 'White Limo'.
At least one person died when a military cargo plane from North Carolina crashed Sunday night while fighting the White Draw wildfire near Edgemont, South Dakota.
White announced the signing Tuesday morning via Twitter, and a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the move.
Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA.
President Obama has put a special spotlight on clean technology during his time in the White House, personally visiting and praising 22 companies for their work on energy innovation and efficiency in high-profile trips.
All-white rooms need a dose of personality.
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In science:

It was during his analysis of binary stars orbits that he became the first person to estimate the mass of a white dwarf.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness
He was also the first person to show that these companions, now known as white dwarfs, might have an extremely high density.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness
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