nicety

noun nice·ty \ ˈnī-sə-tē , -stē \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of nicety

plural niceties
1 :the quality or state of being nice
2 :an elegant, delicate, or civilized feature
  • enjoy the niceties of life
3 :a fine point or distinction :subtlety
  • the niceties of table manners
4 :careful attention to details :delicate exactness :precision
5 :delicacy of taste or feeling :fastidiousness

Examples of nicety in a Sentence

  1. knows all the niceties of diplomatic protocol

  2. a woman too fond of the niceties of urban living to even consider becoming a farmer's wife

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Origin and Etymology of nicety

Middle English nicete, from Anglo-French niceté foolishness, from nice, adjective


NICETY Defined for English Language Learners

nicety

noun

Definition of nicety for English Language Learners

  • : a small detail and especially one that is a part of polite or proper behavior


NICETY Defined for Kids

nicety

noun ni·ce·ty \ ˈnī-sə-tē \

Definition of nicety for Students

plural niceties
1 :something dainty, delicate, or of especially good quality
2 :a fine detail that is considered part of polite or proper behavior
  • Grandma taught me the niceties of setting a table.


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