politesse

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noun po·li·tesse \ˌpä-li-ˈtes, ˌpȯ-\

Definition of politesse

  1. :  formal politeness :  decorousness

Origin and Etymology of politesse

French, from Middle French, cleanness, from Old Italian pulitezza, from pulito, past participle of pulire to polish, clean, from Latin polire


First Known Use: 1683

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