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Definition of "lily-white" []

  • White as a lily. (adjective)
  • Beyond reproach; blameless. (adjective)
  • Informal Excluding or seeking to exclude Black people. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "lily-white" in a sentence
  • "The same reason that people “flee” lily-white Massachusetts and Connecticut, and move to North Carolina and Florida."
  • "If ever there was a case of blatant discrimination, it has been in the disproportionate allocation of Hostess marketing dollars to the lily-white Twinkie and the benign neglect of the chocolate Ho Ho."
  • "Also, I could speak Spanish pretty decently and was looking for a place very different from Jenison, Michigan -- the lily-white suburb where I had grown up."