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
Czink, an etiquette expert and tour guide from Toronto, couldn't fix the problem.
No etiquette exists for the best time to throw a catfish, though fans have largely avoided throwing them on the ice during play this season.
Over time, Carpenter says, etiquette will evolve to guide these situations.
On its face, the napkin is just that: a hemmed, white napkin, the kind seen in fancy restaurants of all stripes, only this one has been marked up by a guy who seems to have ignored his mother’s rules on etiquette in order to draw a graph.
In a taxi cab en route to WeWork, a co-working space in Midtown Manhattan, Ms. Post and Ms. Brown discussed a feminist etiquette conundrum: men who hold the door.
Have the rules changed, or are young people these days making up their own etiquette rules?
In Donald Trump’s ancestral town, his stunning election as U.S. president is creating etiquette and protocol dilemmas.
The food writer and editor Jane Lear has collected etiquette books for many years and studied how condolence notes have evolved.
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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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