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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Etiquette is especially important on occasions such as weddings and funerals.
▪ It was considered a breach of etiquette to refuse an invitation.
▪ Professional etiquette dictates that judges should not express their opinions about a case in public.
▪ After dinner the etiquette was very stiff, and we stood for two hours.
▪ Ever a stickler for protocol, he and his wife took umbrage at the democratic etiquette of President Thomas Jefferson's administration.
▪ She spoke effusively, implying more enthusiasm than etiquette required.
▪ The instructor, who is always addressed as the sensei, instils principles of etiquette into every student.
▪ The royal family could be relied upon as paragons of etiquette.
▪ They will in this respect resemble our own rules of etiquette.
▪ When it comes to racing etiquette and forthright language, Mario has few equals.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Etiquette \Et"i*quette`\, n. [F. prop., a little piece of paper, or a mark or title, affixed to a bag or bundle, expressing its contents, a label, ticket, OF.estiquete, of German origin; cf. LG. stikke peg, pin, tack, stikken to stick, G. stecken. See Stick, and cf. Ticket.] The forms required by good breeding, or prescribed by authority, to be observed in social or official life; observance of the proprieties of rank and occasion; conventional decorum; ceremonial code of polite society.

The pompous etiquette to the court of Louis the Fourteenth.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1750, from French étiquette "prescribed behavior," from Old French estiquette "label, ticket" (see ticket (n.)).\n

\nThe sense development in French perhaps is from small cards written or printed with instructions for how to behave properly at court (compare Italian etichetta, Spanish etiqueta), and/or from behavior instructions written on a soldier's billet for lodgings (the main sense of the Old French word).


n. 1 The forms required by good breeding, or prescribed by authority, to be observed in social or official life; observance of the proprieties of rank and occasion; conventional decorum; ceremonial code of polite society. 2 The customary behavior of members of a profession, business, law, or sports team towards each other.


n. rules governing socially acceptable behavior


Etiquette ( or , ) is a code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or group.

The French word étiquette, literally signifying a tag or label, was used in a modern sense in English around 1750. Etiquette has changed and evolved over the years.

Etiquette (Casiotone for the Painfully Alone album)

Etiquette is the fourth studio album by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, released in 2006. Etiquette is thought by many to have slightly abandoned the simple Lo-fi "made in a basement" sound by including a more diverse range of instruments and a marginally higher production quality than previous albums.

Etiquette (Something with Numbers album)

Etiquette is the debut album by Australian punk rock band Something with Numbers. It was released in 2004, through Below Par Records.

Etiquette (disambiguation)

Etiquette refers to shared cultural norms governing individual behavior.

Etiquette may also refer to:

  • Labels applied to postal items, such as airmail etiquettes
  • Etiquette, one of the Bab Ballads by W. S. Gilbert
  • Etiquette (Casiotone for the Painfully Alone album), 2006
  • Etiquette (Something with Numbers album), 2004
  • Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home, a 1922 book by Emily Post
  • Etiquette (technology)

Usage examples of "etiquette".

In my ignorance of the etiquette of small German Courts I happened to applaud a solo, which had been exquisitely sung by a castrato whose name I have forgotten, and directly afterwards an individual came into my box and addressed me in a rude manner.

By the time he reached Coft Castle the bitterness that had been welling in him since his interview with the Bursar had bred in him an indifference to etiquette.

It was long a standing joke that on one occasion, when her donkey and herself came down in a soft place, her royal highness, before she would allow her attendants to extricate her from the mud, bid them go to Madame de Noailles, and ask her what the rules of etiquette prescribed when a dauphiness of France failed to keep her seat upon a donkey.

She did not give the cardinal time to meet her, but sat down near him, while I remained standing, according to etiquette.

No introductions took place, and I read the tact of the witty hunchback in the omission, but as all the guests were men used to the manners of the court, that neglect of etiquette did not prevent them from paying every honour to my lovely friend, who received their compliments with that ease and good breeding which are known only in France, and even there only in the highest society, with the exception, however, of a few French provinces in which the nobility, wrongly called good society, shew rather too openly the haughtiness which is characteristic of that class.

Just as he was considering violating etiquette by suggesting that the Princess allow the bowman out front, Van Duyn dismounted and, taking his rifle in hand, walked over to stand near her.

Luthien, son of an eorl and somewhat trained in the matters of etiquette, understood the basic traditions of Eradoch.

Spain, who had established that etiquette which was still in existence, although after him no emperor had been a Spaniard, and although Francis I.

This most popular princess succeeded in suppressing a good deal of the old etiquette, and the tone of her Court had lost the air of solemnity common in Spanish society.

The lady of the house should sit at a table, dignified and precise, listen attentively to the suggestions made by the Khansamah, sometimes query them and make a suggestion herself, and then give way or insist, whichever etiquette demanded.

As the mazurka began, Boris saw that Adjutant General Balashev, one of those in closest attendance on the Emperor, went up to him and contrary to court etiquette stood near him while he was talking to a Polish lady.

Without any regard for etiquette he summoned the nearest piece of paper to him - oddly it was a sheet of fine origami paper and a pen.

She had Rache giving her dancing lessons now, and they were seeking a good etiquette teacher as well.

I wanted only to ascertain, for the sake of form and etiquette, whether the officer was her husband, her lover, a relative or a protector, because, used as I was to gallant adventures, I wished to know the nature of the one in which I was embarking.

She decided to skip the etiquette and pay a personal visit to the ambulance drivers.