- 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
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Examples from the Web for white goods
Then she had been a belt maker, then a stitcher on men's collars, and during the last four years a white-goods worker.Making Both Ends Meet
Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
And, draping himself across the white-goods counter in an attitude as intricate as the letter S, behold Mr. Charley Chubb!
- marketing large household appliances, such as refrigerators, cookersCompare brown goods
- household linen such as sheets, towels, tablecloths, etc
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