Definition of polite
1a : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of advanced cultureb : marked by refined cultural interests and pursuits especially in arts and belles lettres
2a : showing or characterized by correct social usageb : marked by an appearance of consideration, tact, deference, or courtesyc : marked by a lack of roughness or crudities polite literature
Examples of polite in a sentence
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.
Origin and Etymology of polite
Middle English (Scots) polit, Latin politus, from past participle of polire
First Known Use: circa 1500
Synonym Discussion of polite
POLITE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of polite for English Language Learners
: having or showing good manners or respect for other people
: socially correct or proper
POLITE Defined for Kids
Definition of polite for Students
: showing courtesy or good manners
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