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white paper

[hwahyt pey-per, wahyt for 1; hwahyt-pey-per, wahyt for 2–4] /ˈʰwaɪt ˈpeɪ pər, ˈwaɪt for 1; ˈʰwaɪtˌpeɪ pər, ˈwaɪt for 2–4/
paper bleached white.
an official governmental report.
an authoritative report issued by any organization:
The TV network presented its white paper on news coverage of major crimes.
an official British government publication on a specific subject prepared by a committee and presented to the House of Commons, usually reporting results of a recent investigation or summarizing policy.
Origin of white paper
1560-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He sat down, tugging at a white-paper package in the tail pocket of his coat.

    In a German Pension Katherine Mansfield
  • Watching his chance that morning he took the white-paper powders and dumped them in the milk the Baxter crowd was using.

    The Putnam Hall Rivals Arthur M. Winfield
  • One of them had bloomed into a white-paper package that looked like a book.

    Fairy Prince and Other Stories Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • Under her arm she carried a white-paper package, very badly wrapped.

    The Christmas Angel Abbie Farwell Brown
  • She was following the fleet steps of a little girl who carried a white-paper package under her arm.

    The Christmas Angel Abbie Farwell Brown
British Dictionary definitions for white-paper

white paper

(often capitals) an official government report in any of a number of countries, including Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, which sets out the government's policy on a matter that is or will come before Parliament
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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