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adjective \ˈnīs\

: giving pleasure or joy : good and enjoyable

: attractive or of good quality

: kind, polite, and friendly


Full Definition of NICE

a :  wanton, dissolute
b :  coy, reticent
a :  showing fastidious or finicky tastes :  particular <too nice a palate to enjoy junk food>
b :  exacting in requirements or standards :  punctilious <a nice code of honor>
:  possessing, marked by, or demanding great or excessive precision and delicacy <nice measurements>
obsolete :  trivial
a :  pleasing, agreeable <a nice time> <a nice person>
b :  well-executed <nice shot>
c :  appropriate, fitting <not a nice word for a formal occasion>
a :  socially acceptable :  well-bred <from a nice family>
b :  virtuous, respectable <was taught that nice girls don't do that>
:  polite, kind <that's nice of you to say>
nice adverb
nice·ly adverb
nice·ness noun

Examples of NICE

  1. I hope you all had a nice time.
  2. It's so nice to see you again.
  3. It's nice to be back home.
  4. It's nice to know that you're all right.
  5. It would be nice to try something different.
  6. We had a very nice dinner.
  7. Hello, my name is Sara. It's nice to meet you, Sara.
  8. It's nice to see you, Luis. How have you been?
  9. She wears the nicest clothes.
  10. He looks nice in his new suit.

Origin of NICE

Middle English, foolish, wanton, from Anglo-French, silly, simple, from Latin nescius ignorant, from nescire not to know — more at nescience
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of NICE

correct, rectify, emend, remedy, redress, amend, reform, revise mean to make right what is wrong. correct implies taking action to remove errors, faults, deviations, defects <correct your spelling>. rectify implies a more essential changing to make something right, just, or properly controlled or directed <rectify a misguided policy>. emend specifically implies correction of a text or manuscript <emend a text>. remedy implies removing or making harmless a cause of trouble, harm, or evil <set out to remedy the evils of the world>. redress implies making compensation or reparation for an unfairness, injustice, or imbalance <redress past social injustices>. amend, reform, revise imply an improving by making corrective changes, amend usually suggesting slight changes <amend a law>, reform implying drastic change <plans to reform the court system>, and revise suggesting a careful examination of something and the making of necessary changes <revise the schedule>.

correct, accurate, exact, precise, nice, right mean conforming to fact, standard, or truth. correct usually implies freedom from fault or error <correct answers> <socially correct dress>. accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care <an accurate description>. exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth <exact measurements>. precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation <precise calibration>. nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination <makes nice distinctions>. right is close to correct but has a stronger positive emphasis on conformity to fact or truth rather than mere absence of error or fault <the right thing to do>.


geographical name \ˈnēs\

Definition of NICE

city & port SE France on the Mediterranean pop 343,123

Variants of NICE

Nice or ancient Ni·caea \nī-ˈsē-ə\
NICENESS Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈnīs\

Definition of NICE for Kids

:  pleasing, pleasant <nice weather> <I had a nice time.>
:  kind, polite, and friendly <a nice person>
:  of good quality <It's a nice place to live.>
:  done very well <Nice work!>
:  well behaved <nice children>
nice·ly adverb
nice·ness noun

Word History of NICE

The English word nice came from an Old French word with the same spelling that meant foolish. This Old French word came in turn from a Latin word nescius that meant ignorant. At first, English nice meant foolish or frivolous. Later it came to mean finicky or fussy. Not until the 1700s did nice come to mean pleasing or pleasant.


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