noun nice·ty \ˈnī-sə-tē, -stē\

: a small detail and especially one that is a part of polite or proper behavior

plural nice·ties

Full Definition of NICETY

:  the quality or state of being nice
:  an elegant, delicate, or civilized feature <enjoy the niceties of life>
:  a fine point or distinction :  subtlety <the niceties of table manners>
:  careful attention to details :  delicate exactness :  precision
:  delicacy of taste or feeling :  fastidiousness

Examples of NICETY

  1. <knows all the niceties of diplomatic protocol>
  2. <a woman too fond of the niceties of urban living to even consider becoming a farmer's wife>

Origin of NICETY

Middle English nicete, from Anglo-French niceté foolishness, from nice, adjective
First Known Use: 14th century


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