etiquette

noun
et·i·quette | \ˈe-ti-kət, -ˌket\

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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Synonyms for etiquette

Synonyms

form, manner, mores, proprieties

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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.

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

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Literally anything goes at The Spot, particularly in the later hours -- the place is too small and too crowded for any strict observance of social etiquette. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Think South Beach is crazy now? Here's what the club scene was like in 1994 | Miami Herald," 5 May 2018 The central points of etiquette here involve being positive, supportive, and respectful of your loved one and her news. Southern Living, "This Is the Proper Response When Someone Tells You They're Having a Baby," 11 Apr. 2018 And its people—despite the language barrier and the elaborate and daunting fretwork of etiquette that accompanies even the smallest interactions—are no more or less opaque than any other. Hanya Yanagihara, Town & Country, "The Transporting Daily Ritual of the Japanese Evening Bath," 8 Dec. 2017 When foreign dignitaries interact with the the royal family, traditional etiquette and deference are considered especially important. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Trump Ends Tumultuous U.K. Visit With A Breach In Royal Protocol," 14 July 2018 Many commentators said, in attacking his hosts, the interview had ignored all the usual diplomatic etiquette and conventions. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Thousands Turn Out to Protest Donald Trump in London," 13 July 2018 NBC News spoke to etiquette and royal experts to find out the do's and don'ts of a royal meeting. NBC News, "Trump is set to meet the queen. Here's what he shouldn't do.," 8 July 2018 This week, our staff duked it out over hotel etiquette and the conversation took a turn for the raunchy. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Things You Should Never, Ever Do in a Hotel: Travelogue Podcast," 6 July 2018 Weed etiquette and mores will evolve as the novelty wears off. Robin Abrahams, BostonGlobe.com, "Miss Conduct’s common sense rules for socializing in the age of legal pot," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of etiquette

1737, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for etiquette

French étiquette, literally, ticket — more at ticket entry 1

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etiquette

noun

English Language Learners Definition of etiquette

: the rules indicating the proper and polite way to behave

etiquette

noun
et·i·quette | \ˈe-ti-kət, -ˌket\

Kids Definition of etiquette

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

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