nicety

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noun nice·ty \ˈnī-sə-tē, -stē\

Definition of nicety

plural

niceties

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being nice

  2. 2 :  an elegant, delicate, or civilized feature enjoy the niceties of life

  3. 3 :  a fine point or distinction :  subtlety the niceties of table manners

  4. 4 :  careful attention to details :  delicate exactness :  precision

  5. 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

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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

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noun ni·ce·ty \ˈnī-sə-tē\

Definition of nicety for Students

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niceties

  1. 1 :  something dainty, delicate, or of especially good quality

  2. 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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