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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
Hand holding can be a fraught practice in the world of royal etiquette.
Clearly, Twitter tantrums and egging are way out of bounds in the traditional rules of etiquette.
Not that the all-male Catholic prep school waived its standards of etiquette for the big night on Friday.
The issue of whether the Obamas would attend the royal wedding developed into a knotty question of etiquette in the months leading up to the event.
When dealing with bot phone calls, there’s not only the question of ethics, but of etiquette.
That's true—infants just have no sense of etiquette.
Are there any rules of etiquette regarding social media and announcing a co-worker’s death?
Is there a proper etiquette and should Miami follow it?
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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.
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
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