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