• synonyms


[hwahyt-list, wahyt-]
noun Also white list.
  1. a list of novels, motion pictures, etc., deemed suitable for juveniles, members of a particular faith, or other specified groups of individuals.
  2. a list of persons thought by a business concern to be qualified or otherwise suitable for employment.
  3. a list of individuals, organizations, etc., having security clearance from government officials.
  4. a list of business establishments approved for patronage because of hiring practices, religious or political affiliations, etc.
  5. a list kept by a labor union, containing the names of employers who maintain working conditions approved by the union.
  6. Digital Technology. a list of email addresses or web addresses that are allowed to pass through a spam filter.
Show More
verb (used with object) Also white-list.
  1. to put on a whitelist.
Show More
Compare blacklist.

Origin of whitelist

First recorded in 1905–10
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for white list

white list

  1. a list of countries considered to pose an insignificant threat to human rights, from which applications for political asylum are presumed to be unfounded
  2. computing
    1. a list of websites considered to have inoffensive and acceptable content
    2. a list of e-mail addresses from which a computer will accept mail
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012