Definition of paleface in English:



  • A name supposedly used by North American Indians for a white person.

    • ‘A Caucasian driver never drives you and it's rare to find a paleface serving anyone, unless attired in a stiff blazer and clashing tie, their teeth mirroring your complete isolation in this place.’
    • ‘Instead, he emphasizes that Indians can use the notion of ancient authority to justify any course of action, just like the palefaces can.’
    • ‘Yet to the paleface who is fluent, this can be rather annoying.’
    • ‘But his dislike of its mixed-race, paleface composition became more pronounced - and his black nationalist ideology became blacker by degrees.’
    • ‘Our knowledge of the paleface was limited, but we had learned that he brought goods whenever he came, and that our people exchanged furs for his merchandise.’