Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A white Protestant of Anglo-Saxon ancestry.
  • n. A white, usually Protestant member of the American upper social class.
  • n. A member of Women's Airforce Service Pilots, organized during World War II as part of the U.S. Army Air Forces to ferry aircraft and to test new aircraft. The organization was disbanded in 1944.
  • abbr. Women's Airforce Service Pilots

Etymologies

W(hite) A(nglo-)S(axon) P(rotestant).
From W(omen's) A(irforce) S(ervice) P(ilots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Look, I know the term WASP was invented to describe preppies and monied families who send their kids to Exeter and Dartmouth, as well as a way to differentiate between themselves and other White People like Catholics and Jews, but if we're going to use a term, why can't we just call them White Protestants?

    spirit of the staircase

  • Well, as someone born to first gen Irish, and raised Catholic, I had always thought that the redundancy of the term WASP was intentional.

    would you pour me a martini, lovey?

  • CHRISTOPHER: But you see that's where the term WASP is really a misnomer because WASPs -- they are white that much is true so far that may change, but they are not necessarily Anglo Saxon by ancestry at all, nor are they even necessarily Protestant.

    Crashing the Gates: The De-WASPing of America's Power Elite

  • Here's another entry in the debate about the origin of the term WASP for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (set off by the Sept. 27 review of Tad Friend's memoir "Cheerful Money").

    NYT > Home Page

  • Now, if the term WASP is used by a white person, then it would be no more racist than a black using the word nigger although it could still be a slur, especially if used in the way Digglahhh does.

    Not A Post Racism Society: Boys and Apologies « Lean Left

  • If you ever need to check on beacons WASP is clearly the way to go. blog comments powered by Disqus

    GeekFindr: WASP – seeing web beacons : #comments

  • At the hearing, Morris identified Fuhrman as the unofficial leader of a notorious cop clique called Men Against Women and the ringleader for another, less well-known group that went by the acronym WASP, for White Anglo-Saxon Policemen.

    Fuhrman In The Cross Hairs

  • There were going to make the female version of this called The WASP, but the hero is just a xanaxed-housewife whose “manservant” is a seventeen-year-old pool boy.

    STEPHEN CHOW TO DIRECT GREEN HORNET

  • Built by Mike Tassey and Richard Perkins, the Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform otherwise known as the WASP is a flying drone that has a 6-foot wingspan, a 6-foot length and weighs in at 14 pounds.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Any volk can accept a limited amount of integration / outergration as long as it does not change the core (Note 1), the name WASP for a volk is extraordinary because in the absence of the word volk they gave themselves a name that contains each of the identity points that make up a volk.

    The Brussels Journal - The Voice of Conservatism in Europe

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