Definition of nice
3 : possessing, marked by, or demanding great or excessive precision (see 1precision 2a) and delicacy nice measurements a nice distinction between these two words
4 obsolete : trivial
Examples of nice in a Sentence
I hope you all had a nice time.
It's so nice to see you again.
It's nice to be back home.
It's nice to know that you're all right.
It would be nice to try something different.
We had a very nice dinner.
“Hello, my name is Sara.” “It's nice to meet you, Sara.”
It's nice to see you, Luis. How have you been?
She wears the nicest clothes.
He looks nice in his new suit.
Origin and Etymology of nice
Middle English, foolish, wanton, from Anglo-French, silly, simple, from Latin nescius ignorant, from nescire not to know — more at nescience
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of nice
NICE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nice for English Language Learners
: giving pleasure or joy : good and enjoyable
: attractive or of good quality
: kind, polite, and friendly
NICE Defined for Kids
Definition of nice for Students
History for nice
The English word nice came from an Old French word with the same spelling that meant “foolish.” This Old French word came in turn from a Latin word nescius that meant “ignorant.” At first, English nice meant “foolish” or “frivolous.” Later it came to mean “finicky” or “fussy.” Not until the 1700s did nice come to mean “pleasing” or “pleasant.”
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