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  1. Slang. a white person, as distinguished from a North American Indian.
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Origin of paleface

1815–25; pale1 + face, expression attributed to North American Indians
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Examples from the Web for paleface

Historical Examples

  • The Shawnee hesitated, and Ahneota continued: “Has he declared war on the paleface?”

    Rodney, the Ranger

    John V. Lane

  • After a time she began to tell the Paleface the things she had learned.

  • He was told that some of his cowardly "braves" had stolen the paleface's kettles.

  • The scalp of the Paleface shall adorn the tepee of the Red Man.

  • The blood of one paleface ought to suffice for the blood of one Bethuck.

British Dictionary definitions for paleface


  1. a derogatory term for a White person, said to have been used by North American Indians
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