[snoh-hwahyt, -wahyt]

Origin of snow-white

before 1000; Middle English; Old English snāwhwīt Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for snow-white

Contemporary Examples of snow-white

  • Taurus draws on the myth of Io, the nymph who was turned into a snow-white cow.

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Historical Examples of snow-white

  • This snow-white couple had three children, who were as black as ink.

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • This was an elderly lady in a black silk dress and with snow-white hair.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • His hair was snow-white, but his cheeks were like rosy red apples.

    The Mind Master

    Arthur J. Burks

  • He was bareheaded, and the hair which hung down to his shoulders was snow-white.

    The Coyote

    James Roberts

  • Her face vanished, and the bark of a big tree enclosed her snow-white body.

British Dictionary definitions for snow-white


  1. white as snow
  2. pure as white snow
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Word Origin and History for snow-white

Old English snawhwit, from snow (n.) + white (adj.). Cf. Dutch sneeuwwit, Middle Low German snewhit, German schneeweiss, Old Norse snæhvitr, Swedish snöhvit, Danish snehvid. The fairy tale is so-called from 1885, translating German Schneewittchen in Grimm; the German name used in English by 1858.

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