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lily-white

[adj. lil-ee-hwahyt, -wahyt; n. lil-ee-hwahyt, -wahyt] /adj. ˈlɪl iˈʰwaɪt, -ˈwaɪt; n. ˈlɪl iˌʰwaɪt, -ˌwaɪt/
adjective
1.
white as a lily:
soft lily-white skin.
2.
pure; untouched by corruption or imperfection; above reproach:
He tries to pass himself off as some sort of lily-white saint, but he's not.
3.
designating or pertaining to any faction, organization, or group opposing the inclusion of blacks, especially in political or social life.
noun
4.
a member of a lily-white organization, especially a member of a former faction of the Republican Party in the South opposed to the inclusion of blacks in the party or in political life in general.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English lylie-whyt
Synonyms
3. segregated, discriminatory, unintegrated.
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British Dictionary definitions for lily white

lily-white

adjective
1.
of a pure white: lily-white skin
2.
(informal) pure; irreproachable
3.
(US, informal)
  1. discriminating against Black people: a lily-white club
  2. racially segregated
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Word Origin and History for lily white

lily-white

adj.

early 14c., from lily + white; from 1903 with reference to whites-only segregation; 1964 as "irreproachable."

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Slang definitions & phrases for lily white

lily-white

adjective phrase

Desiring or having only Caucasian residents, workers, etc: The thugs would never think to look for him in a lily-white suburb (1903+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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