noun et·i·quette \ˈe-ti-kət, -ˌket\

: the rules indicating the proper and polite way to behave

Full Definition of ETIQUETTE

:  the conduct or procedure required by good breeding or prescribed by authority to be observed in social or official life

Examples of ETIQUETTE

  1. Her failure to respond to the invitation was a serious breach of etiquette.
  2. <the couple exhibited poor etiquette when they left the party without saying good-bye to the host and hostess>


French étiquette, literally, ticket — more at ticket
First Known Use: 1750

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ETIQUETTE Defined for Kids


noun et·i·quette \ˈe-ti-kət, -ˌket\

Definition of ETIQUETTE for Kids

:  the rules governing the proper way to behave or to do something


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