Definition of nicety
Examples of nicety in a Sentence
knows all the niceties of diplomatic protocol
a woman too fond of the niceties of urban living to even consider becoming a farmer's wife
Recent Examples of nicety from the Web
People take pleasure in traditional niceties, content to do a little business and pour a little more tea.
Its supporters include religious zealots and nationalists often unconcerned with the niceties of democracy, and others hoping circumstances will somehow change.
Similarly, in the advisory business under Boutros, CSFB has no need for the niceties so common to Silicon Valley M&A – backslapping and schmoozing.
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Origin and Etymology of nicety
Middle English nicete, from Anglo-French niceté foolishness, from nice, adjective
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
NICETY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of nicety for Students
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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