White elephant

White elephant,

Definition of White elephant:

  1. A white elephant is something whose cost of upkeep is not in line with its usefulness or value. From an investment perspective, the term refers to an asset, property, or business that is so expensive to operate and maintain that it is extremely difficult to actually make a profit from it.

  2. A business or investment that is unprofitable and is likely to remain unprofitable. In the case of a business, a business usually becomes known as a white elephant if it is unable to turn a profit because it is so expensive to operate and maintain. Very few people are interested in owning or purchasing something considered to be a white elephant. The term is derived from a traditional Asian practice of a monarch owning a white elephant; the elephant was considered sacred, but it was very costly and impractical to own.

  3. A white elephant is a burdensome possession. When applied to investments, it can be used to describe anything that is expensive to maintain, unprofitable, and impossible to sell. In other words, white elephant is the name given to undesirable investments that are more trouble than they are worth.

Synonyms of White elephant

Christmas present, Award, Birthday present, Box, Burden, Burthen, Cadeau, Cargo, Charge, Cross, Cumbrance, Deadweight, Difficulty, Disadvantage, Embarrassment, Encumbrance, Fairing, Freight, Gift, Hamper, Handicap, Handsel, Impediment, Impedimenta, Imposition, Inconvenience, Load, Lumber, Oblation, Offering, Onus, Pack, Peace offering, Penalty, Present, Presentation, Tribute, Trouble, Weight

How to use White elephant in a sentence?

  1. They were making absolutely no money from their Ukrainian amusement park investment, so the Six Flags brass were anxious to unload the white elephant and repair the financial damage as soon as possible.
  2. The truck parked on the side of the driveway was considered a white elephant , due to the fact that it was just impossible to diagnose and fix.
  3. The term derives from the old Thai custom of gifting rare, expensive to keep white elephants to the reigning monarch.
  4. A white elephant is a burdensome possession whose cost of upkeep is not in line with its usefulness or value.
  5. Nowadays it is often associated with unprofitable real estate.
  6. Sometimes you just must admit that the path you are on leads to a white elephant and its time to start anew.

Meaning of White elephant & White elephant Definition

White Elephant,

What is The Meaning of White Elephant?

White Elephant means: A white elephant is something whose running costs do not match its utility or value. From an investment standpoint, the term refers to an asset, property or business that is so expensive to operate and maintain that it is very difficult to make a profit.

  • A white elephant is a huge property, the price of which does not match its use or price.
  • The term comes from the ancient Thai custom of giving a rare and expensive white elephant to a ruling king.
  • Today, it is often associated with nonprofit properties.

Literal Meanings of White Elephant


Meanings of White:
  1. Fresh milky or ice color due to the reflection of most of the wavelength of light on black

  2. If you belong to or identify with a white group (mainly used by people of European descent). With reference to white skin.

  3. Revolutionary or reactionary.

  4. Color or white pigment

  5. The lighter part of the axis around the iris.

  6. Outside enclosing egg protein (when cleaned).

  7. Members of the white people, especially from Europe.

  8. The butterfly is white or cream in color with dark veins or spots on its wings. It can be a victim of serious pests for tree planting.

  9. Paint or leave (some) white.

Sentences of White
  1. A sheet of white paper

  2. White farming community

  3. White-stained grenades

  4. Viral conjunctivitis can spread to the white part of the eye, the cornea.

  5. Boil the eggs long enough for the whites to cook, but the yolk will still remain.

  6. Tooth decay is more common in white Europeans.

Synonyms of White

colourless, unpigmented, undyed, bleached, natural, Caucasian, European, non-black, become white, make white, become pale, make pale, bleach, blanch, lighten, fade, wash out, be washed out, etiolate


Meanings of Elephant:
  1. Sticky trunks, long curved tusks and large ears, a heavy, buried mammal living in Africa and South Asia. It is the largest animal on earth.

  2. The paper size is now set at 28 × 23 inches (approximately 711 × 584 mm).

Sentences of Elephant
  1. The sale of ivory was banned in 1989 only to prevent the killing of ivory in Africa.