- The definition of polite is someone or something that exhibits consideration for others and socially acceptable behavior.
An example of someone who would be described as polite is a person who always says please and thank you.
- having or showing culture or good taste; polished; cultured; refined: polite society, polite letters
- having or showing good manners; esp., courteous, considerate, tactful, etc.
Origin of politeClassical Latin politus, past participle of polire, to polish
- Marked by or showing consideration for others and observance of accepted social usage.
- Refined; elegant: polite society.
Origin of politeMiddle English polit, polished, from Latin polītus, past participle of polīre, to polish; see polish.
(comparative politer or more polite, superlative politest or most polite)
- The one-word comparative form politer and superlative form politest exist, but are less common than their two-word counterparts more polite and most polite.
(third-person singular simple present polites, present participle politing, simple past and past participle polited)