etiquette

noun
et·​i·​quette | \ ˈe-ti-kət How to pronounce etiquette (audio) , -ˌket\

Definition of etiquette

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

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Synonyms for etiquette

Synonyms

form, manner, mores, proprieties

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One definition of the French word étiquette is "ticket" or "label attached to something for identification." In 16th-century Spain, the French word was borrowed (and altered to "etiqueta") to refer to the written protocols describing orders of precedence and behavior demanded of those who appeared in court. Eventually, "etiqueta" came to be applied to the court ceremonies themselves as well as the documents which outlined the requirements for them. Interestingly, this then led to French speakers of the time attributing the second sense of "proper behavior" to their "étiquette," and in the middle of the 18th century English speakers finally adopted both the word and the second meaning from the French.

Examples of etiquette in a Sentence

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

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To stay safe and ensure everyone has a good time, follow these simple race etiquette tips. Katie Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Race etiquette: Here are some rules of the road," 16 Apr. 2018 Here are some fishing etiquette tips to keep the peace Bass fishing tips from a high school champ Prince nymphs, hare’s ears, pheasant tails and tiny tailwaters are tried-and-true South Fork patterns. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Check small streams for big fish this spring (fishing report, March 16) | Idaho Statesman," 16 Mar. 2018 Force your non-yarny loved ones to read this list of etiquette tips for non-crafters. Mary Mooney, OregonLive.com, "Rose City Yarn Crawl 2018: What you need to know," 27 Feb. 2018 Unfortunately, even the best cough and sneeze etiquette can’t fully stop the spread of disease, Dr. Roach explains. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Here’s How Far Germs Spread Through Sneezing and Coughing," 13 Feb. 2019 On top of all these issues of etiquette, the last thing any wedding guest wants to deal with is extreme cold weather. Anny Choi, Vogue, "Don’t Go to a Winter Wedding Without One of These Style-Saving Coats," 14 Jan. 2019 Titles and honorifics are a tricky thing, dictated by local culture and ideas of etiquette. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Outdated Gender Norms You Encounter When Booking Your Plane Ticket," 27 Sep. 2018 There’s some further exploration of these ideas as the third season introduces a half-Japanese character employed by the Kempeitai, as his character speaks accented Japanese and has to remind himself of etiquette. Karen Han, Vox, "The Man in the High Castle season 3 has too many characters, too little time," 6 Oct. 2018 According to People, the Duchess was unsure what etiquette dictated about who should get into the car first. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen Guided Meghan Markle in the Sweetest Way During Their Royal Visit Today," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of etiquette

1737, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for etiquette

French étiquette, literally, ticket — more at ticket entry 1

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etiquette

noun

English Language Learners Definition of etiquette

: the rules indicating the proper and polite way to behave

etiquette

noun
et·​i·​quette | \ ˈe-ti-kət How to pronounce etiquette (audio) , -ˌket\

Kids Definition of etiquette

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

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