white bread

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Origin of white bread

First recorded in 1300–50


[hwahyt-bred, wahyt-]
adjective Informal.
  1. pertaining to or characteristic of the white middle class; bourgeois: a typical white-bread suburban neighborhood.
  2. bland; conventional.

Origin of white-bread

First recorded in 1975–80
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white bread


c.1300, as opposed to darker whole-grain type; its popularity among middle-class America led to the slang sense of "conventional, bourgeois" (c.1980).

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