Definition of whiteness in English:



mass noun
  • 1The property or quality of being white in colour.

    ‘a landscape dominated by the whiteness of snow’
    • ‘The second-most important category of pork attributes includes color of meat, lack of fat, and the whiteness of fat.’
    • ‘The unremitting whiteness of the walls is anchored by a black marble floor.’
    • ‘Glimpses of blues, greens, reds, and umbers scintillate, emphasizing the whiteness of the gorgeously textured fields.’
    • ‘A device called a reflectometer is used to measure the degree of whiteness in processed tuber samples destined to become chips.’
    • ‘Clouds of splatters and drips at once rise, float, and fall through the canvas's deep whiteness like colored smoke in the night sky after fireworks.’
    • ‘His lips are open, and his two front teeth gleam with an otherworldly whiteness.’
    • ‘The state of abandonment and dilapidation seems to contradict the antiseptic whiteness of the toy structures.’
    • ‘Among its many uses, kaolin gives paper its whiteness and is used in paint, pottery, and cosmetics.’
    • ‘Proper melting, whiteness, and browning are still problematic in manufacturing low-fat mozzarella.’
    • ‘The modernist whiteness of the walls, a classic ploy for downplaying the surface, becomes painful after a while.’
    1. 1.1 The quality of being very pale.
      ‘the whiteness of her skin, like fine porcelain’
      • ‘He was vast, tall as a mountain—a mountain of black, topped by the stark whiteness of his face.’
      • ‘He didn’t turn around to see the panic on my face and the whiteness of my knuckles as I held on for my life.’
      • ‘I see a face beaming with charms, fine blue eyes full of sweetness, a complexion whose whiteness dazzled—for that instant, I was hers!’
      • ‘She recognized that frantic terror in the whiteness of his face and the way his hands fretted in his lap.’
      • ‘When we swam in our pool, Louis was conspicuous by the whiteness of his skin.’
      • ‘It is in fact, her name being called by the dying man in the waking world, where the whiteness of his face is likened to the snow of her dream.’
      • ‘His erect attitude and sickly whiteness of face, flowing white hair, and spiritual aspect gave him the appearance of a grand old saint.’
      • ‘His features were handsome, and the whiteness of his stout throat was well set off by a black cravat.’
      • ‘In Spain, the whiteness of her complexion was remarked.’
      • ‘Its whiteness shocks me like a cameras flash and will be the first thing Ill think of when, within months, John tells me that his father has left for another woman.’
  • 2The fact or state of belonging to a human group having light-coloured skin.

    ‘whiteness was defined as both a racial and a regional characteristic’
    • ‘The project assigns its white subjects a place in the relations of racism by presenting whiteness in two significant ways.’
    • ‘She has suggested that the first step in getting white people to think about racism is for them to recognize their whiteness.’
    • ‘They engage the racialized politics of modernist representation through abstraction, consciously challenging the presumed whiteness of the tradition.’
    • ‘The work situates the viewer in the arena of contemporary race discourse, particularly in relation to "representing whiteness."’
    • ‘Unlike European whiteness, American whiteness is generic.’
    • ‘Unquestioned, whiteness provides the models by which the Western subject judges culture.’
    • ‘Whenever I hear someone declare their whiteness, I paddle furiously in the opposite direction.’
    • ‘They conceived of ethnicity only in terms of the Other, as if there were no ethnicity to whiteness.’
    • ‘What do we understand about the discourse of race, particularly about "whiteness"?’
    • ‘The artist clearly had a sophisticated understanding of the ways in which whiteness functions in our culture.’