Meaning of white-glove in English:



North American
  • Providing or involving meticulous care, attention, or service.

    ‘you went to the best restaurant in town where they gave you white-glove service’
    ‘the sprawling resorts and white-glove hotels in and around San Juan’
    • ‘The gated neighborhood suited the family just fine, and the house itself toes the line of being white-glove pristine.’
    • ‘The Clean Streets Committee has dug in to bring its neighborhood up to Beacon Hill white-glove standards.’
    • ‘The problem is that such white-glove perfectionist treatment causes too many people to treat reviews as the last word on a show.’
    • ‘There has never been a better opportunity to buy a trophy penthouse in a white-glove Park Avenue building.’
    • ‘Only here do they keep up with the white-glove butler service.’
    • ‘"Horticulture" may bring to mind white-glove garden clubs and genteel lectures about growing better roses.’
    • ‘With views of both the Rodney Bay and the open Atlantic, the white-glove dining restaurant serves my favourite king crab legs.’
    • ‘The relief commander conducts a white-glove inspection of the rifle.’
    • ‘Spa treatments and other impressive inclusions complete this white-glove winter getaway.’
    • ‘He lobbied the diplomats during a formal, white-glove lunch featuring several courses and many more toasts.’
    careful, conscientious, diligent, ultra-careful, scrupulous, punctilious, painstaking, demanding, exacting, accurate, correct


1950s probably with reference to the white gloves traditionally worn by butlers or other domestic servants.