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
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Proper etiquette involves biting off either end of your Tim Tam and using it as an edible straw, from which to suck up hot coffee or chocolate.
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There’s an after-school weekly series of six, 90-minute classes where children learn to make breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and party foods as well as kitchen skills, terms and etiquette.
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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
Definition of etiquette for Students
: the rules governing the proper way to behave or to do something
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