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whiteface

[hwahyt-feys, wahyt-]
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noun
  1. a Hereford.
  2. Theater.
    1. a performer, as a clown, who appears in clown white.
    2. the white facial makeup used by such a performer.

Origin of whiteface

First recorded in 1700–10; white + face
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  • Your Whiteface has got to feel quite at home in my barn-yard.

    The Young Miner

    Horatio Alger, Jr.

  • Whiteface was his best cow, and a great favorite with all the children.

    The Young Miner

    Horatio Alger, Jr.

  • It was Whiteface, the clown, sitting on his heels right there in front of him!

    The Circus Comes to Town

    Lebbeus Mitchell

  • "Yes, here's the money," and Whiteface reached for his pocket.

    The Circus Comes to Town

    Lebbeus Mitchell

  • He liked Whiteface and was happy in the knowledge that Whiteface liked him.

    The Circus Comes to Town

    Lebbeus Mitchell