Definition of etiquette in English:


Line breaks: eti|quette
Pronunciation: /ˈɛtɪkɛt
, ɛtɪˈkɛt


[mass noun]
The customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group: the rules of etiquette are changing [with modifier]: court etiquette was now familiar to Joan [as modifier]: etiquette books
More example sentences
  • The basic code that helps maintain a healthy society is etiquette towards others.
  • 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.
protocol, polite behaviour, good manners, manners, acceptable behaviour, accepted behaviour, proper behaviour, code of behaviour, rules of conduct/behaviour, decorum, form, good form;
custom, customary behaviour, convention, conformity, conventionality;
informal the thing to do
humorous couth


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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