Definition of non-white in English:



  • Denoting or relating to a person whose origin is not predominantly European.

    ‘minority teachers serve as positive role models for non-white students’
    • ‘In the United States there was also at first no restriction on immigration, at least until non-white persons began immigrating in large numbers.’
    • ‘I try to put that pro-immigrant message and the interests of immigrants and non-white people in the center.’
    • ‘Other reports of the march suggested that among the crowd there was quite a high percentage of non-white people, overwhelmingly Muslims.’
    • ‘But I have more non-white friends in Greensboro, Alabama than I do in London.’
    • ‘Ben, if you don't believe in violence against non-white people, why did you so actively partake in it?’
    • ‘It reveals that more than half of whites have no non-white friends and that only 20 per cent of whites have a Muslim friend.’
    • ‘Everyone was for tariff protection and everyone was against non-white migrants.’
    • ‘‘Dark’ included pure brown eyes, usually of non-white people, and all other shades of brown.’
    • ‘After all, so many of these new post-1965 immigrants are non-white people living in a predominantly white society.’
    • ‘After a brief spell, the French decided the universal rights of man did not apply to non-white people.’
    • ‘What then are the reasonable openings for non-white actors in plays which, as a matter of historical fact, were written with white actors in mind?’
    • ‘Our family lived in a small town in the interior of B.C. and we were the only family that had non-white children.’
    • ‘Teaching American history without stirring accounts of non-white heroes and cultures is irresponsible as well as divisive.’
    • ‘It took the nation almost three quarters of a century to accept non-white immigrants.’
    • ‘Subsequent legislation in 1971 and 1981 has made it more difficult for non-white immigrants to enter.’
    • ‘When Springbok head coach Jake White announced his squad, there were 11 non-white players in it.’
    • ‘The residual vote rate of a county does depend on the percent of non-white residents in the county.’
    • ‘Sadly, for non-white people associated with football, racist comments come as no surprise.’
    • ‘By 1966 most of the regulations restricting immigration of non-white people to Australia had been removed and multiculturalism was adopted.’
    • ‘The other problem is that many of the really great non-white reporters out there are just too much in demand.’


  • A person whose origin is not predominantly European.

    ‘Omar Henry will be the first non-white to play Test cricket for South Africa’
    • ‘A Newsweek poll in 2000 that measured white and non-white attitudes toward the death penalty found that nearly 60 percent of non-whites support the death penalty.’
    • ‘According to a study by the Hudson Institute, by 2020, there will be 10 percent fewer whites and 30 percent more non-whites in the workforce.’
    • ‘Now, why would the American people, especially non-whites, be suspicious of authority?’
    • ‘The legislation was enforced by a dictation test, which could be applied in any European language, effectively barring virtually all non-whites.’
    • ‘The levels reported in this sample, however, are consistent with previous findings, which show that non-whites are more likely than whites to conceal a history of prior abortions.’
    • ‘It was also supported by trades unions, which feared that non-whites would agree to work for lower wages than Europeans and so undercut their standard of living.’
    • ‘That must surely give comfort to minority groups or to non-whites who feel disenfranchised.’
    • ‘He used non-white nurses to assist him in his operations - a first in South Africa where non-whites previously were not allowed to treat white patients.’
    • ‘My grandparents' generation wasn't quite so bad, but the only relationships they ever had with non-white people were ones where the non-whites were, essentially, servile.’
    • ‘The whole point is that anywhere in the world in which non-whites live in proximity with whites, the non-whites are marginalized and exploited.’
    • ‘For every 1,000 people in the county, 8.8 white people were stopped and searched, compared with 33.4 for non-whites.’
    • ‘But the overall figures for employment and education show persistent discrimination against the vast majority of non-whites in Britain, though the experience varies for different groups.’
    • ‘A few non-whites have starred for the national team, but you will rarely see more than a sprinkling of non-white faces - usually imported South Sea islanders - at any Premiership rugby match.’
    • ‘In Montreal, non-whites only make up 13 per cent of the population.’
    • ‘Sure, it's an illogical thing, but it's still a true thing, and while there are certainly non-whites with power, that doesn't matter so much for rhetorical purposes.’
    • ‘Cable has been an amazing place for expression, for African-Americans and for non-whites in general.’
    • ‘She blames negative experiences with white people and biased historical accounts of relations between whites and non-whites.’
    • ‘He freely admits he can give examples of racism toward indigenous people from non-whites, but chooses to ignore it in fear of pleasing far right racists.’
    • ‘Race laws touched every aspect of social life, including a prohibition of marriage between non-whites and whites, and the sanctioning of ‘white-only’ jobs.’
    • ‘Native Americans still suffer the same discrimination as did other non-whites and women decades ago.’