Definition of polite
- polite literature
It was polite of him to hold the door for them.
Please be polite to the guests.
It isn't polite to interrupt people when they're talking.
She received some polite applause despite the mistakes in her performance.
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First Known Use: circa 1500See Words from the same year
: having or showing good manners or respect for other people
: socially correct or proper
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