politesse


po·li·tesse

noun \ˌpä-li-ˈtes, ˌp-\

Definition of POLITESSE

:  formal politeness :  decorousness

Origin of POLITESSE

French, from Middle French, cleanness, from Old Italian pulitezza, from pulito, past participle of pulire to polish, clean, from Latin polire
First Known Use: 1713

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