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white goods

plural noun
household goods, as bed sheets, tablecloths, and towels, formerly bleached and finished in white but now often patterned and colored.
bleached goods, especially cotton or linen fabrics.
large household appliances, as refrigerators, stoves, and washing machines.
alcoholic liquors that are manufactured without color, as vodka, gin, and tequila.
Origin of white goods
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • When on white goods or material which cannot be washed, alcohol may be used.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • He had sent up some white goods, scarfs, shawls and so on, but I wanted a white dress.

  • The product is a pure white cloth suitable for dyeing light shades and for white goods.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • Overcasting should be done with very fine thread (No. 150 for white goods), split silk for wool and silk.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • January will also be marked by "white goods sales," and (if it's windy in the shopping district) skirt sails.

  • But in the Emporium window97 there was nothing save the usual mill-end display for the winter white goods sale.

    Christmas Zona Gale
  • They require more care than white goods and should be soaked in cold water containing very little soap and no soda.


    William H. Dooley
  • white goods as wearing apparel, table or bed furnishings are seldom found, much less used.

    Chiquita, an American Novel Merrill Tileston
  • However, its use is limited to white goods, as it attacks fugitive colors and even light shades of those reputed to be fast.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
  • He would then sum up by drawing attention to the bargain sale of white goods at the Ballybun Emporium.

British Dictionary definitions for white goods

white goods

plural noun
(marketing) large household appliances, such as refrigerators, cookers Compare brown goods
household linen such as sheets, towels, tablecloths, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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