Definition of etiquette in English:

etiquette

noun

  • The customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular profession or group.

    • ‘He interspersed classes with lessons about the rules and etiquette of the game.’
    • ‘World War Three unfolding at the dinner table was no reason to forget all rules of basic social etiquette.’
    • ‘Everyone is all courtesy and etiquette and even the ushers are spectacularly dressed.’
    • ‘The trouble is that the murky area of tipping adheres to no rules or etiquette.’
    • ‘The basic code that helps maintain a healthy society is etiquette towards others.’
    • ‘The whole atmosphere is one of propriety and etiquette, under which the sordid matters of power and money bubble.’
    • ‘No one knew exactly what they would be tested on so most of the boys had moved swiftly to the library to look up royal etiquette and manners.’
    • ‘Players will be stripped of titles if they haven't followed the rules of etiquette.’
    • ‘It is open to boys and girls aged between six and 16 and places as much emphasis on rules and etiquette as it does on playing.’
    • ‘Before you can order at all, you must learn the correct bar-counter etiquette.’
    • ‘Many of the most important rules of etiquette serve to mark differences in social rank.’
    • ‘My lessons in etiquette failed to explain the correct response so I made my excuses and left as soon as I could.’
    • ‘Codes and etiquette are no way to deal with issues such as racism, sexism or homophobia.’
    • ‘She is also an ambassador for UNICEF, and has written a series of best-selling books on etiquette for women.’
    • ‘The book, emphasising dinner table etiquette and rustic ingenuity remains a best-seller.’
    • ‘For some reason, these two rules of etiquette seem to be ignored more than any other.’
    • ‘I also collect books on etiquette from this period because they are just so wonderful.’
    • ‘It seems to be the trend to rebel against all forms of tidiness, etiquette and decency.’
    • ‘Another rule of etiquette is that greetings must precede all forms of social interaction.’
    • ‘As a result of this, obeying the rules of e-mail etiquette has become vitally important.’
    protocol, polite behaviour, good manners, manners, acceptable behaviour, accepted behaviour, proper behaviour, code of behaviour, rules of behaviour, rules of conduct, decorum, form, good form
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Origin

Mid 18th century: from French étiquette ‘list of ceremonial observances of a court’, also ‘label, etiquette’, from Old French estiquette (see ticket).

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