One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular profession or group.
protocol, polite behaviour, good manners, manners, acceptable behaviour, accepted behaviour, proper behaviour, code of behaviour, rules of behaviour, rules of conduct, decorum, form, good formView synonyms
- ‘It seems to be the trend to rebel against all forms of tidiness, etiquette and decency.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘For some reason, these two rules of etiquette seem to be ignored more than any other.’
- ‘The basic code that helps maintain a healthy society is etiquette towards others.’
- ‘Everyone is all courtesy and etiquette and even the ushers are spectacularly dressed.’
- ‘Before you can order at all, you must learn the correct bar-counter etiquette.’
- ‘As a result of this, obeying the rules of e-mail etiquette has become vitally important.’
- ‘She is also an ambassador for UNICEF, and has written a series of best-selling books on etiquette for women.’
- ‘Many of the most important rules of etiquette serve to mark differences in social rank.’
- ‘Codes and etiquette are no way to deal with issues such as racism, sexism or homophobia.’
- ‘World War Three unfolding at the dinner table was no reason to forget all rules of basic social etiquette.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The trouble is that the murky area of tipping adheres to no rules or etiquette.’
- ‘I also collect books on etiquette from this period because they are just so wonderful.’
- ‘Another rule of etiquette is that greetings must precede all forms of social interaction.’
- ‘The book, emphasising dinner table etiquette and rustic ingenuity remains a best-seller.’
- ‘He interspersed classes with lessons about the rules and etiquette of the game.’
- ‘The whole atmosphere is one of propriety and etiquette, under which the sordid matters of power and money bubble.’
- ‘My lessons in etiquette failed to explain the correct response so I made my excuses and left as soon as I could.’
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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