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A resort city on the French Riviera, near the border with Italy; population 348,721 (2007).
1Giving pleasure or satisfaction; pleasant or attractive:‘we had a very nice time’
enjoyable, pleasant, pleasurable, agreeable, delightful, satisfying, gratifying, acceptable, to one's liking, entertaining, amusing, diverting, marvellous, goodView synonyms
- ‘I still think it must be nice to be so accepted, so certain of who and what you are, but that's not me.’
- ‘If estate agents were in charge, there'd be none of this - it'd be something nice, pleasant and attractive.’
- ‘We didn't win but it was nice to have been accepted on our first attempts.’
- ‘Individually I dare say they are all sweet and lovely and nice to their kids and help the old folks across the roads.’
- ‘Isn't there something nice and satisfying about the feel of a new roll of kitchen foil?’
- ‘The majority of men will always find images of attractive women nice to look at.’
- ‘While it would be nice to be able to cure everything with a nice, neat, simple solution, life is not like that.’
- ‘It's nice to entertain the crowd and I certainly try to do that if I get in, but that's not the main focus.’
- ‘By way of an experiment you could always try being nice to us - you might be pleasantly surprised.’
- ‘She's one of those fun, lovely, nice to know, but never-to-be-relied-upon types.’
- ‘Previously for coastal France I've only been to the Med and it is nice to see waves again; they make a beach complete.’
- ‘Jackson gave the thumbs up sign, and let a nice, big, satisfied grin sweep over his face.’
- ‘If it has attractive art and nice looking parts I'm much more inclined to give it a try.’
- ‘A one-day game is like a nice film - briefly satisfying, but seldom remaining long in the memory.’
- ‘A nice attractive business district around the station was a far cry from Detroit.’
- ‘The film is billed as a romance, but the two travellers spend too long exchanging pleasantries and being nice to each other to get any sparks going.’
- ‘While it would have been nice to get two wins in Victoria, Mason was satisfied with his team's play.’
- ‘Simply add a spoonful or two of yoghurt to your green lettuce to get a nice quick and satisfying snack.’
- ‘It would be nice to make the town more attractive to its residents.’
- ‘It was nice to see them and we had a pleasant afternoon and evening.’
- 1.1 (of a person) good-natured; kind:‘he's a nicer man than Mark’‘Joe had been very nice to her’
pleasant, likeable, agreeable, personable, charming, delightful, amiable, affable, friendly, kindly, genial, congenial, good-natured, engaging, gracious, sympathetic, understanding, compassionate, goodView synonyms
- ‘His writing is amazing and he is the first blogger I read - but not a nice guy on a personal level.’
- ‘The girls loved Chris, the guys were cool with him, and he was relatively nice to every person he met.’
- ‘This guy who I keep telling you about, he's nice to me again and talks to me like such a good friend.’
- ‘He was especially nice to Mimi, whom he treated with a gentle solicitude both on and off camera, exactly how he must have been with Takako.’
- ‘There's a saying that if someone is nice to you and mean to the waiter, then he's not really a very nice person.’
- ‘I wasn't going to be mean, because he was too nice of a person to make a snappy comment towards.’
- ‘Ray says he's a nice guy, but people are starting to get upset with him because he never turns off his cellphone.’
- ‘She was so nice to people she met too, signing autographs for everyone.’
- ‘I think people are too nice to make too big a thing about it.’
- ‘They're always nice to all of us and they try to understand our problems and help us deal with them.’
- ‘I used to think that everything could be solved by people being nice to each other.’
- ‘People being nice to me, pretty girls trying to be my friend, it didn't happen every day.’
- ‘I was very nice to the guy who called, after all, he was just the survey taker.’
- ‘I mean, if you look like a nice guy, people are going to trust you.’
- ‘People are very nice to you and you get a chance to live a very interesting and exciting life.’
- ‘People were nice to me and also I am always good to the Japanese people when they come to America.’
- ‘I got it from a friend of mine; she was really nice to make it for me.’
- ‘But they're so nice to be around and I don't feel bad about myself when they're near.’
- ‘How could an evil guy like Prince Jonas be friends with such a nice person as Adrian?’
- ‘People were nice to me; they smiled, they laughed, they asked me how I was.’
- 1.2ironic Not good; unpleasant:‘that's a nice way to come into my kitchen—no greeting!’
- ‘Well that's a nice way to greet me when I've flown all the way from Perth!’
- ‘Irony of ironies the painting is now in the Tate Britain Lost Property Office - nice touch.’
2(especially of a difference) slight or subtle:‘there is a nice distinction between self-sacrifice and martyrdom’
subtle, fine, delicate, minute, precise, exact, accurate, strict, close, careful, meticulous, rigorous, scrupulous, ultra-fineView synonyms
- ‘In fact, I doubt that the nice distinction which Mr Mostyn sought to draw will be capable of identification in most cases.’
- ‘It is not the sort of nonsense that can arise even in the best system of law out of the need to draw nice distinctions between borderline cases.’
- 2.1 Requiring careful consideration:‘a nice point’
- ‘I think you really made a nice point.’
- ‘It is a nice point, and it is for that reason that I am anxious to obtain your opinion.’
3archaic Fastidious; scrupulous.
scrupulous, punctilious, painstaking, meticulous, assiduous, sedulous, perfectionist, fussy, finicky, dainty, over-particularView synonyms
- ‘The figure of Justice, you know, is represented with a balance to weigh out to every one his due, with nice and scrupulous exactness.’
- ‘But she is nice and coy.’
Middle English (in the sense ‘stupid’): from Old French, from Latin nescius ignorant, from nescire not know. Other early senses included ‘coy, reserved’, giving rise to ‘fastidious, scrupulous’: this led both to the sense ‘fine, subtle’ (regarded by some as the ‘correct’ sense), and to the main current senses.
(in England and Wales) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.