from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural White fabrics, usually of cotton or linen.
  • noun plural Household merchandise, as bed sheets and curtains, formerly made from white fabrics, but now often colored.
  • noun plural Large household appliances, as ovens and refrigerators, formerly finished with white enamel, but now often colored.

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  • noun Domestic textiles, such as tablecloths, bedding, towels, etc. that were traditionally white in color.
  • noun The large household appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, washing machines and driers as a group.
  • noun Colorless spirits, such as gin and vodka.

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  • noun large electrical home appliances (refrigerators or washing machines etc.) that are typically finished in white enamel
  • noun drygoods for household use that are typically made of white cloth


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  • A major appliance is usually defined as a large machine which accomplishes some routine housekeeping task, which includes purposes such as cooking, food preservation, or cleaning, whether in a household, institutional, commercial or industrial setting.

    The term white goods is also used for these items, primarily where British English is spoken, although definitions for the term "white goods" can differ. In the United States, the term white goods more commonly refers to linens rather than appliances.


    February 19, 2008