- a rare albino or pale grey variety of the Indian elephant, regarded as sacred in parts
of S Asia
- a possession that is unwanted by its owner
- an elaborate venture, construction, etc, that proves useless
- a rare or valuable possession the upkeep of which is very expensive
Example Sentences Including 'white elephant'
"'Just that it's been a sort of white elephant to her ever since her father died.
Thy Brother Death
According to Buddhist legend, the Buddha was conceived after his mother saw a white elephant enter her side in a dream.
COUNTING SHEEP: The Science and Pleasures of Sleep and Dreams (2002)
But critics want the Lottery's culture of funding white elephant projects brought to an end.
Sun, News of the World (2002)
Frieda now has to decide whether to pay extra and have a white elephant stall at her husband's funeral.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
Leading water economists say the state risks financing a white elephant at enormous cost.
The Australian (2005)
Rather than be defeated, they aim to solve the problems of one white elephant by creating another.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The diocesan board of finance had already classed the church as a white elephant which required too much money too often.
Without these guarantees and subsidy it will be near impossible to manage the white elephant at least in the short-term.
Business Today (2001)
`They're a white elephant , and government will be delighted that we're providing employment.
Seize the Reckless Wind
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