follow Dictionary.com

Get our exclusive Word of the Day images!

white hat

noun, Informal.
1.
a virtuous hero, especially in a cowboy movie; good guy.
Compare black hat (def 1).
Related forms
white-hat, white-hatted, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for white hatted

white hat

noun
1.
(informal)
  1. a computer hacker who is hired by an organization to undertake nonmalicious hacking work in order to discover computer-security flaws
  2. (as modifier): a white-hat hacker Compare black hat
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
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for white hatted

white hat

modifier

: I told them they were the white-hatguys

noun phrase

A law-abiding, morally upright, and heroic person, as distinct from the villainous black hat

[1970s+; fr the conventional dress of heroes in cowboy movies]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for white hat

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for white

11
10
Scrabble Words With Friends