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whiteface

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

First recorded in 1700–10; white + face
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