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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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
Recent Examples of etiquette from the Web
The etiquette of the empty nest can bedevil even the most sophisticated parent.
Yet in Vienna, giving voice to that thought is considered an extreme breach of diplomatic etiquette.
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The lavish standard of living and the intricate program of etiquette the Sun King introduced continued to define the French monarchy right up until the French Revolution of 1789.
The three spent four months of last year on and off the Downton set—but only after going through Julian Fellowes’s upper-class etiquette drill.
Because an impression, like a good outfit, is difficult to make, but when your etiquette is in concert with your wardrobe, well, good things happen.
A top etiquette expert makes sure the door hits your buddies on the way out.
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of etiquette
French étiquette, literally, ticket — more at 1ticket
First Known Use: 1737
ETIQUETTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of etiquette for English Language Learners
: the rules indicating the proper and polite way to behave
ETIQUETTE Defined for Kids
Definition of etiquette for Students
: the rules governing the proper way to behave or to do something
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