Definition of lily-white in US English:



  • 1Pure or ideally white.

    • ‘A swan is also not quite as lily-white as you'd expect - he has some black feathers and a little bit of accumulated grime.’
    • ‘We grew up in middle-class, lily-white middle America, and most of our understanding of the contemporary black experience comes from hip-hop records and The New York Times.’
    • ‘His long white golden hair covering his body, like pale spun gold, against his lily-white skin he wasn't cold it was so warm.’
    • ‘Combined with the lobster-red sunburn of my torso and the lily-white band about my middle created by my downturned long-john, I resembled a cylindrical French flag.’
    • ‘She drew her blue denim jeans down, revealing her lily-white legs.’
    • ‘One of the students who did not leap to attention however, was sitting in the furthest corner at a paper-strewn desk, her head was lazily propped upon one slim lily-white hand which rested just beneath her pointy chin.’
    • ‘They also do all of the caddieing and, wearing lily-white gloves and a business suit, a female assistant is refilling the glasses of persimmon, which tastes like shellac.’
    • ‘He couldn't count the amount of times he had envied those slim hands of hers, with their lily-white grace.’
    • ‘Strangely, Doyle lost sight of the ground ball in the background of Bench's lily-white uniform.’
    • ‘With your sandy locks in shapes that no sand would ever dare be molded into, and your lily-white skin, that blinds my eyes with its radiating light.’
    • ‘Rasia took no notice of the drastic, rather worrisome change, merely dismissed her own warden and caught hold of my arm in her lily-white hands.’
    • ‘She was clad in a gown of flowing lily-white silk.’
    • ‘I blush, the warm heat flooding over my cheeks, changing my normally lily-white complexion to a pink, and take my place with the rest of the squad.’
    • ‘The piano and guitars are excellent and lead singer Adam Levine has an impressive range and a decent amount of soulful emotion trembling from his lily-white throat.’
    • ‘Tears streamed down her lily-white cheeks, enflamed by her heated temper.’
    • ‘They don't need the lily-white walls of galleries and museums, nor would their visual impact be significantly diminished by less chastely hospitable settings.’
    • ‘The girl was soft, lily-white, as pure and chaste as they came.’
    • ‘He reached over and held her small hand in his large one, stroking the top of her dainty lily-white hand with his broad, chocolate-colored thumb.’
    • ‘In the afternoons I would make for him his gelin kahvesi, the special coffee made by the lily-white hands of the new bride, and he would drink it with great pleasure, and we would continue speaking about everything under the sun.’
    • ‘In a painting of the Bethesda Fountain, Chase posed an elegant woman dressed in white against the fresh water and sunny air - a symbol of urban health and lily-white purity.’
    flawless, faultless, unblemished, spotless, stainless, untarnished, perfect, exemplary, ideal, model
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    1. 1.1 Without fault or corruption; totally innocent or immaculate.
      ‘they want me to conform, to be lily-white’
      • ‘They were all pretty much at least 18 by then, and apparently weren't all lily-white like their reputations would have you believe.’
      • ‘It was always guaranteed to set Lo off, despite his claim to have lily-white hands).’
      • ‘Then they convince themselves they are the most righteous, lily-white citizens God ever created.’
      • ‘Were they concerned by Graham's less than lily-white reputation when it comes to financial propriety?’
      unblemished, unsullied, untarnished, untainted, unstained, pure, as pure as the driven snow, whiter than white, flawless, immaculate, impeccable, faultless, blameless, guiltless, sinless, unimpeachable, irreproachable, above reproach
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/ˈlilē ˌ(h)wīt//ˈlɪli ˌ(h)waɪt/