- The definition of nice is someone who is pleasant or agreeable or something that is in good condition and that is pleasing.
- An example of nice is a description for a person who is friendly and who everyone likes.
- An example of nice is a sofa in good condition from a good store.
A nice family.
nice definition by Webster's New World
- difficult to please; fastidious; refined
- delicate; precise; discriminative; subtle: a nice distinction
- calling for great care, accuracy, tact, etc., as in handling or discrimination: a nice problem
- able to make fine or delicate distinctions; delicately skillful; finely discriminating
- minutely accurate, as an instrument
- having high standards of conduct; scrupulous
- agreeable; pleasant; delightful
- attractive; pretty
- courteous and considerate
- conforming to approved social standards; respectable
- in good taste
- good; excellent
- ignorant; foolish
- coy; shy
Origin: Middle English strange, lazy, foolish ; from Old French nice, nisce, stupid, foolish ; from Classical Latin nescius, ignorant, not knowing ; from nescire, to be ignorant ; from ne-, not (see no) plush scire, to know: see science
nice definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective nic·er, nic·est
- Pleasing and agreeable in nature: had a nice time.
- Having a pleasant or attractive appearance: a nice dress; a nice face.
- Exhibiting courtesy and politeness: a nice gesture.
- Of good character and reputation; respectable.
- Overdelicate or fastidious; fussy.
- Showing or requiring great precision or sensitive discernment; subtle: a nice distinction; a nice sense of style.
- Done with delicacy and skill: a nice bit of craft.
- Used as an intensive with and: nice and warm.
- Obsolete a. Wanton; profligate: “For when mine hours/Were nice and lucky, men did ransom lives/Of me for jests” (Shakespeare).b. Affectedly modest; coy: “Ere . . . /The nice Morn on th' Indian steep,/From her cabin'd loop-hole peep” (John Milton).
Origin: Middle English, foolish, from Old French, from Latin nescius, ignorant, from nescīre, to be ignorant; see nescience .
- niceˈly adverb
- niceˈness noun
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