politesse

play
noun po·li·tesse \ˌpä-li-ˈtes, ˌpȯ-\

Definition of politesse

  1. :  formal politeness :  decorousness

Origin and Etymology of politesse

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


First Known Use: 1683

Learn More about politesse


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up politesse? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).