whiteface

[hwahyt-feys, wahyt-]
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noun

a Hereford.
Theater.
  1. a performer, as a clown, who appears in clown white.
  2. the white facial makeup used by such a performer.

Origin of whiteface

First recorded in 1700–10; white + face
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Examples from the Web for whiteface

Contemporary Examples of whiteface

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

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    The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea

    Amy Zimmerman

    December 29, 2014

Historical Examples of whiteface

  • Your Whiteface has got to feel quite at home in my barn-yard.

    The Young Miner

    Horatio Alger, Jr.

  • Whiteface was his best cow, and a great favorite with all the children.

    The Young Miner

    Horatio Alger, Jr.

  • It was Whiteface, the clown, sitting on his heels right there in front of him!

    The Circus Comes to Town

    Lebbeus Mitchell

  • "Yes, here's the money," and Whiteface reached for his pocket.

    The Circus Comes to Town

    Lebbeus Mitchell

  • He liked Whiteface and was happy in the knowledge that Whiteface liked him.

    The Circus Comes to Town

    Lebbeus Mitchell