white goods


plural noun

household goods, as bed sheets, tablecloths, and towels, formerly bleached and finished in white but now often patterned and colored.
bleached goods, especially cotton or linen fabrics.
large household appliances, as refrigerators, stoves, and washing machines.
alcoholic liquors that are manufactured without color, as vodka, gin, and tequila.

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Origin of white goods

First recorded in 1870–75
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Example sentences from the Web for white goods

  • Then she had been a belt maker, then a stitcher on men's collars, and during the last four years a white-goods worker.

    Making Both Ends Meet|Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
  • And, draping himself across the white-goods counter in an attitude as intricate as the letter S, behold Mr. Charley Chubb!

British Dictionary definitions for white goods

white goods

pl n

marketing large household appliances, such as refrigerators, cookersCompare brown goods
household linen such as sheets, towels, tablecloths, etc
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