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[adjective lil-ee-hwahyt, -wahyt; noun lil-ee-hwahyt, -wahyt] /adjective ˈlɪl iˈʰwaɪt, -ˈwaɪt; noun ˈlɪl iˌʰwaɪt, -ˌwaɪt/

white as a lily:
soft lily-white skin.
pure; untouched by corruption or imperfection; above reproach:
He tries to pass himself off as some sort of lily-white saint, but he’s not.
designating or pertaining to any faction, organization, or group opposing the inclusion of blacks, especially in political or social life.
a member of a lily-white organization, especially a member of a former faction of the Republican Party in the South opposed to the inclusion of blacks in the party or in political life in general.
of a pure white: lily-white skin
(informal) pure; irreproachable
(US, informal)


early 14c., from lily + white; from 1903 with reference to whites-only segregation; 1964 as “irreproachable.”

adjective phrase

Desiring or having only Caucasian residents, workers, etc: The thugs would never think to look for him in a lily-white suburb (1903+)


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