white paper

[hwahyt pey-per, wahyt for 1; hwahyt-pey-per, wahyt for 2–4]


paper bleached white.
an official governmental report.
an authoritative report issued by any organization: The TV network presented its white paper on news coverage of major crimes.
an official British government publication on a specific subject prepared by a committee and presented to the House of Commons, usually reporting results of a recent investigation or summarizing policy.

Origin of white paper

First recorded in 1560–70
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Examples from the Web for white paper

Historical Examples of white paper

  • One of them had bloomed into a white-paper package that looked like a book.

    Fairy Prince and Other Stories

    Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

  • She was following the fleet steps of a little girl who carried a white-paper package under her arm.

    The Christmas Angel

    Abbie Farwell Brown

  • Watching his chance that morning he took the white-paper powders and dumped them in the milk the Baxter crowd was using.

    The Putnam Hall Rivals

    Arthur M. Winfield

  • He sat down, tugging at a white-paper package in the tail pocket of his coat.

    In a German Pension

    Katherine Mansfield

  • Under her arm she carried a white-paper package, very badly wrapped.

    The Christmas Angel

    Abbie Farwell Brown

British Dictionary definitions for white paper

white paper


(often capitals) an official government report in any of a number of countries, including Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, which sets out the government's policy on a matter that is or will come before Parliament
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