Translation of polite in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /pəˈlaɪt/

adj (politer, politest)

  • 1.1 (correct, well-bred) [manner/person] cortés, educado, correcto the rules of polite behavior las reglas de cortesía they exchanged polite greetings/compliments intercambiaron los saludos/cumplidos de rigor they were making polite conversation conversaban tratando de ser agradables gut? the polite word is stomach! ¿tripa? ¡se dice estómago! always be polite to customers sé siempre cortés or educado con los clientes you don't mean it: you're only being polite lo dices solo por cortesía she was very polite about my work, but I don't think she liked it fue muy cortés al referirse a mi trabajo, pero no creo que le gustara it is polite to wait till everyone is served es de buena educación esperar a que todos estén servidos it's not polite to shout gritar es una falta de educación or es de mala educación
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    • In the UK, and most of Europe, it is not considered polite to just say what you want.
    • You could tell he didn't think much of my work, though he was far too polite to blurt it out.
    • You could hand around evaluation forms, but many people are too polite to tell you what they really thought.
    More example sentences
    • Over the years he built a pagoda to polite English society as it faded in the glare of post-war vulgarity.
    • But lay into others and you should prepare to be visited by the vengeance of polite society.
    • There are still some things that cannot be talked about in polite society.
    1.2 (refined) in polite society en la buena sociedad you don't mention such things in polite company no se habla de eso entre gente educada or fina

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