net·​i·​quette | \ ˈne-ti-kət How to pronounce netiquette (audio) , -ˌket \

Definition of netiquette

: etiquette governing communication on the Internet

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When the first computer networks were being developed in the 1950s and 60s, few people could have predicted the extent to which the Internet would revolutionize our culture - and our language. These days, you don't have to be a computernik (a computer expert or enthusiast) or a mouse potato (someone who spends a great deal of time using a computer) to be familiar with words like "blog," "download," or the verb "google." And even "computerphobes" are likely to know that in modern jargon, a "mouse" isn't necessarily a small furry rodent and the newest "virus" may be more of a threat to your computer than to your health. "Netiquette," a blend of "net" (as in "Internet") and "etiquette," joined our language in the late 1980s.

Examples of netiquette in a Sentence

Writing an e-mail message in all capital letters is considered a breach of netiquette because it looks like you are shouting.

First Known Use of netiquette

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for netiquette

blend of net and etiquette

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Cite this Entry

“Netiquette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of netiquette

informal : rules about the proper and polite way to communicate with other people when you are using the Internet

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