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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. a member of the Caucasoid race;
[syn: White, White person, Caucasian]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

White person \White person\ A person of the Caucasian race (--6 Fed. Rep. 256). Note: In the time of slavery in the United States white person was generally construed as a person without admixture of colored blood. In various statutes and decisions in different States since 1865 white person is construed as in effect (as of 1913): one not having any negro blood (Ark., Okla.); one having less than one eighth of negro blood (Ala., Fla., Ga., Ind., Ky., Md., Minn., Miss., Mo., N.C., S.C., Tenn., Tex.); one having less than one fourth (Mich., Neb., Ore., Va.); one having less than one half (Ohio). Since the passage of civil rights legislation in the 1960's and 1970's, the term has little legal significance -- for some purposes, as in filling out questionnaires, a person's race is whatever the person claims it to be. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

White person n 1: a member of the Caucasoid race [syn: White, White person, Caucasian]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

WHITE PERSONS. The acts of congress which authorize the naturalization of aliens, confine the description of such aliens to free white persons. 2. This of course excludes the African race when pure, but it is not easy to say what shade of color or mixture of blood will make a white person. 3. The constitution of Pennsylvania, as amended, confines the right of citizenship to free white persons; and these words, white persons, or similar words, are used in most of the constitutions of the southern states, in describing the electors.