Definition of blanco in English:

blanco

noun

mass nounBritish
  • A white substance used for whitening belts and other items of military equipment.

    • ‘Neither pipeclay nor blanco reacted well to rain, and many men who fought at Waterloo, where it rained heavily the night before the battle, had uniforms streaked with pipeclay.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]British
  • Whiten (equipment) with blanco.

    ‘white blancoed webbing’
    • ‘The leader, clad in a light grey suit, wearing white silk socks and blancoed shoes, mopped his head with a handkerchief.’
    • ‘His brown cordovan shoes and blancoed white hat cover and belt were immaculate as befitted a Marine staff noncommissioned officer.’
    • ‘I've just been busy cleaning the mud off my equipment and clothes and blancoing webbing.’
    • ‘Their boots, ever so slightly worn and scuffed, but well kept, were highly blancoed and ready for play.’
    • ‘The training consisted of marching, shining boots, more marching, polishing brass buckles, buttons and badges, more shining boots, blancoing webbing and more marching.’
    • ‘We spent the time blancoing webbing, polishing brasses, removing the chrome finish from our boots and shrinking enormous berets.’
    • ‘We could plainly see all the knife-edge creases in his trousers and the gleaming white blancoed webbing belt around his middle.’
    • ‘We didn't wear our marching order nicely blancoed in those days.’
    • ‘I could think of thousands of things better than polishing brass buckles and blancoing belts and gators.’
    • ‘We had caps that had to be blancoed, I remember that clearly because when it rained on parade it caused problems.’
    • ‘Once you're turned out properly, with your webbing blancoed, your boots dubbined and your brass buckles gleaming, the natives will look at you quite differently.’
    • ‘Resplendent in a new battledress with yellow blancoed belt and gaiters I was escorted up to the General.’
    • ‘In peace time it was plaited and blancoed white to make it look smarter and to match the white waist belts worn in those times.’
    • ‘These punishments were usually for trivial offences such as dirty boots, brasses, or badly blancoed kit.’
    • ‘The classic buff and blancoed rifle sling was used with several rifles by the British army.’
    • ‘None of it has been blancoed, none of it is ripped or torn.’
    • ‘The newly blancoed surface was easily scuffed or marked, necessitating a repetition of the entire laborious procedure.’
    • ‘All that was missing were legionnaires in blue tunics and white kepis, with blancoed webbing straps attaching grey army blankets to their backs as they drilled under the Saharan sun.’
    • ‘Each set is in very slightly used excellent condition, and some of the pieces are lightly blancoed.’
    • ‘Whole Sunday evenings could thus be spent in ironing, boot-polishing, brasses-polishing and blancoing.’
    become white, make white, become pale, make pale, bleach, blanch, lighten, fade, wash out, be washed out, etiolate
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Origin

Late 19th century: from French blanc ‘white’, ultimately of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation

blanco

/ˈblaŋkəʊ/