Etiquette definition

ĕtĭ-kĕt, -kĭt
The rules for such forms, manners, and ceremonies.
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The forms, manners, and ceremonies established by convention as acceptable or required in social relations, in a profession, or in official life.
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The practices and forms prescribed by social convention or by authority.
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Etiquette is defined as the formal manners and rules that are followed in social or professional settings.

The rules of writing a thank you note are an example of etiquette.

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The customary behavior of members of a profession, business, law, or sports team towards each other.
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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.
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A label used to indicate that a letter is to be sent by airmail.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
etiquette
Plural:
etiquettes

Origin of etiquette

  • French from Old French estiquet label ticket

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 1740, from French étiquette "property, a little piece of paper, or a mark or title, affixed to a bag or bundle, expressing its contents, a label, ticket" from Middle French estiquette (“ticket, memorandum”), from Old French estiquette, from estechier, estichier, estequier "to attach, stick", (compare Picard estiquier "to stick, pierce"), from Frankish *stikkan, stikjan (“to stick, pierce, sting”), from Proto-Germanic *stikaną, *stikōną, *staikijaną (“to be sharp, pierce, prick”), from Proto-Indo-European *st(e)ig-, *(s)teig- (“to be sharp, to stab”). Akin to Old High German stehhan "to stick, attach, nail" (German stechen "to stick"), Old English stician "to pierce, stab, be fastened". The French Court of Louis XIV at Versailles used étiquettes, "little cards", to remind courtiers to keep off of the grass and similar rules. More at stick (verb), stitch.

    From Wiktionary