Simple Definition of deportment
: the way that a person behaves, stands, and moves especially in a formal situation
Full Definition of deportment
: the manner in which one conducts oneself : behavior
Examples of deportment in a sentence
The new students were instructed in proper dress and deportment.
His stiff deportment matched his strict demeanor.
Did You Know?
Deportment evolved from the verb deport, meaning "to behave especially in accord with a code," which in turn came to us through Middle French from Latin "deportare," meaning "to carry away." (You may also know "deport" as a verb meaning "to send out of the country"; that sense is newer and is derived directly from Latin "deportare.") Deportment can simply refer to one's demeanor, or it can refer to behavior formed by breeding or training and often conforming to conventional rules of propriety: "Are you not gratified that I am so rapidly gaining correct ideas of female propriety and sedate deportment?" wrote 17-year-old Emily Dickinson to her brother Austin.
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