\ ˈnīs How to pronounce nice (audio) \
nicer; nicest

Essential Meaning of nice

1 : giving pleasure or joy : good and enjoyable I hope you all had a nice time. What a nice [=pleasant] surprise! See More ExamplesIt'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. It's supposed to be a nice day tomorrow. = The weather should be nice tomorrow. (US) Thank you. Have a nice day! [=goodbye] "Hello, my name is Sara." "It's nice to meet you, Sara." It's nice to see you, Luis. How have you been?Hide
2 : attractive or of good quality nice restaurants a nice car/house See More ExamplesShe wears the nicest clothes. She looks nice. [=she is attractive] He looks nice in his new suit. It's a nice idea [=the idea is a good one], but I don't think it'll work.Hide
3 : kind, polite, and friendly She is a really nice person. He's such a nice young man. See More ExamplesHe said some very nice things about you. It's nice of you to call. Try to be nice to each other, okay? That wasn't a very nice thing to do. How nice of you to remember my birthday! As they say, "Nice guys finish last." [=you must act in a selfish way if you want to win a competition]Hide

Full Definition of nice

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : polite, kind a very nice person That's nice of you to say.
2a : pleasing, agreeable a nice time a nice person
b : appropriate, fitting not a nice word for a formal occasion She always wears nice clothes.
c : well-executed nice shot
3a : socially acceptable : well-bred from a nice family
b : virtuous, respectable … I met nice girls whose skirts reached the ground.— Jack London
4 : possessing, marked by, or demanding great or excessive precision (see precision entry 1 sense 2a) and delicacy nice measurements a nice distinction between these two words
5a : showing fastidious or finicky tastes : particular too nice a palate to enjoy junk food
b : exacting in requirements or standards : punctilious a nice code of honor
6 obsolete : trivial
7 obsolete
b : coy, reticent



Definition of nice (Entry 2 of 3)

: in a nice or pleasing way They plan to fix up the place real nice. He still had his bald spots, but the fur that he did have cleaned up nice.— Kate DiCamillo In fact, the action is part of what made the findings redundant. The action mattered because it has, for the past two years, forced Microsoft to play nice. [=to behave nicely; to be cooperative and unaggressive in dealing with others]— Gary Rivlin Bipartisanship may also be elusive if it means a hostile GOP majority has to play nice with a President it has tried to kick out of office.— Amy Borrus et al.


geographical name
\ ˈnēs How to pronounce Nice (audio) \
variants: or ancient Nicaea \ nī-​ˈsē-​ə How to pronounce Nice (audio) \

Definition of Nice (Entry 3 of 3)

city and port on the Mediterranean Sea in southeastern France population 343,304

Other Words from nice


nicely adverb
niceness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for nice


correct, accurate, exact, precise, nice, right mean conforming to fact, standard, or truth. correct usually implies freedom from fault or error. correct answers socially correct dress accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care. an accurate description exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth. exact measurements precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation. precise calibration nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination. makes nice distinctions right is close to correct but has a stronger positive emphasis on conformity to fact or truth rather than mere absence of error or fault. the right thing to do

Examples of nice in a Sentence

Adjective 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But a nice, simple start for a quarterback who simply took what was there and played his role. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, 30 Oct. 2017 And there’s a nice jumping off point here in the numbers that were presented to the general assembly in Manhattan this week, and that The MMQB obtained. Albert Breer,, 19 Oct. 2017 In southern Ohio, the triple nickel-Route 555-is a nice, long, windy road. Grant Segall,, 19 Oct. 2017 The cod taco was unexpectedly and deliciously spicy with a nice, lingering after-burn. Alaska Dispatch News, 18 Oct. 2017 And Landon executes some nice, albeit arbitrary stylistic flourishes that draw attention to the filmmaking process. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 25 Oct. 2017 Our teacher is a nice, relaxed guy who tells the class to get onstage for a warm-up exercise and asks us to name our favorite movie. Katie Sharer, Los Angeles Magazine, 20 Oct. 2017 Must be nice to go through life as a billionaire dreamer. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, 2 Nov. 2017 Crushing your own spices is nice, but we like a finer consistency too. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, 31 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of nice


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 7a


circa 1544, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nice


Middle English, foolish, wanton, from Anglo-French, silly, simple, from Latin nescius ignorant, from nescire not to know — more at nescience

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More Definitions for nice


\ ˈnīs How to pronounce nice (audio) \
nicer; nicest

Kids Definition of nice

1 : pleasing, pleasant nice weather I had a nice time.
2 : kind, polite, and friendly a nice person
3 : of good quality It's a nice place to live.
4 : done very well Nice work!
5 : well behaved nice children

Other Words from nice

nicely adverb
niceness noun

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