etiquette

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noun et·i·quette \ˈe-ti-kət, -ˌket\

Definition of etiquette

  1. :  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

  1. Her failure to respond to the invitation was a serious breach of etiquette.

  2. the couple exhibited poor etiquette when they left the party without saying good-bye to the host and hostess

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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.

Origin and Etymology of etiquette

French étiquette, literally, ticket — more at 1ticket


First Known Use: 1737


ETIQUETTE Defined for English Language Learners

etiquette

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noun et·i·quette \ˈe-ti-kət, -ˌket\

Definition of etiquette for English Language Learners

  • : the rules indicating the proper and polite way to behave


ETIQUETTE Defined for Kids

etiquette

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noun et·i·quette \ˈe-ti-kət, -ˌket\

Definition of etiquette for Students

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



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