Definition of lily-white in English:



  • 1Pure or ideally white.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was clad in a gown of flowing lily-white silk.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The girl was soft, lily-white, as pure and chaste as they came.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tears streamed down her lily-white cheeks, enflamed by her heated temper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Strangely, Doyle lost sight of the ground ball in the background of Bench's lily-white uniform.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He couldn't count the amount of times he had envied those slim hands of hers, with their lily-white grace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She drew her blue denim jeans down, revealing her lily-white legs.’
    • ‘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.’
    flawless, faultless, unblemished, spotless, stainless, untarnished, perfect, exemplary, ideal, model
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    1. 1.1Without 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.’
      • ‘Were they concerned by Graham's less than lily-white reputation when it comes to financial propriety?’
      • ‘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.’
      unblemished, unsullied, untarnished, untainted, unstained, pure, as pure as the driven snow, whiter than white, lily-white, flawless, immaculate, impeccable, faultless, blameless, guiltless, sinless, unimpeachable, irreproachable, above reproach
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/ˈlilē ˌ(h)wīt/