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white goods

household goods, as bed sheets, tablecloths, and towels, formerly bleached and finished in white but now often patterned and colored.
bleached goods, especially cotton or linen fabrics.
large household appliances, as refrigerators, stoves, and washing machines.
alcoholic liquors that are manufactured without color, as vodka, gin, and tequila.
Origin of white goods
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for white goods

white goods

plural noun
(marketing) large household appliances, such as refrigerators, cookers Compare brown goods
household linen such as sheets, towels, tablecloths, etc
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