[ hwahyt-feys, wahyt- ]

  1. a Hereford.

  2. Theater.

    • a performer, as a clown, who appears in clown white.

    • the white facial makeup used by such a performer.

Origin of whiteface

First recorded in 1700–10; white + face

Words Nearby whiteface

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How to use whiteface in a sentence

  • The process of co-opting black music and selling it back to the adoring public in whiteface is as American as apple pie.

    The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea | Amy Zimmerman | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • "I should be perfectly contented to stay at home if we had whiteface back," said Walter.

    The Young Miner | Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • It is a necktie with a picture like whiteface pony spots on a green frog swimming in the moonshine.

    Rootabaga Stories | Carl Sandburg
  • "You may send me whiteface," continued Squire Hudson, who knew that this was the most valuable of the three cows.

    The Young Miner | Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • If whiteface was missed at her old home, she was scarcely less appreciated by her new possessor.

    The Young Miner | Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • "I think you had better keep your money, and leave whiteface with me," said Squire Hudson, after a pause.

    The Young Miner | Horatio Alger, Jr.