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white bread

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noun
  1. any white or light-colored bread made from finely ground, usually bleached, flour.
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Origin of white bread

First recorded in 1300–50

white-bread

[hwahyt-bred, wahyt-]
adjective Informal.
  1. pertaining to or characteristic of the white middle class; bourgeois: a typical white-bread suburban neighborhood.
  2. bland; conventional.
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Origin of white-bread

First recorded in 1975–80
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Historical Examples

  • Two decades later, Dr. Whitebread designed a panel showing photographs of famous medical pioneers of all nationalities.

    History of the Division of Medical Sciences

    Sami Khalaf Hamarneh

  • Whitebread, Fenwick, and three other Jesuits, afterwards underwent the same fate.

  • Also, in 1939, Dr. Whitebread was promoted to the rank of associate curator.


Word Origin and History for whitebread

white bread

n.

c.1300, as opposed to darker whole-grain type; its popularity among middle-class America led to the slang sense of "conventional, bourgeois" (c.1980).

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