Six chess pieces, four white and two black.




  • The color/colour of snow or milk; the colour of light containing equal amounts of all visible wavelengths.
  • A person of European descent with light-coloured skin.
  • Any butterfly of the family Pieridae.
  • White wine.
  • Any object or substance that is of the color white.
  • The central part of the butt, which was formerly painted white; the centre of a mark at which a missile is shot.
  • The enclosed part of a letter of the alphabet, especially when handwritten.
  • A feather, from the wing of the cock ostrich, that is of the palest possible shade.



  • From Middle English whit, hwit, from Old English hwīt, from Proto-West Germanic *hwīt, from Proto-Germanic *hwītaz (whence also West Frisian wyt, Dutch wit, German weiß, Norwegian Bokmål hvit, Norwegian Nynorsk kvit), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱweydós, a byform of *ḱweytós. Compare Lithuanian šviẽsti, šviesa, Old Church Slavonic свѣтъ, свѣтьлъ, Persian سفید, Avestan 𐬯𐬞𐬀𐬉𐬙𐬀, Sanskrit श्वेत.

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