Politesse meaning

pŏlĭ-tĕs, pôlē-
Courteous formality; politeness.
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Politeness.
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Civility, politeness, courtesy or gallantry; or an instance of this.
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Origin of politesse

  • French from Old French cleanliness from Italian pulitezza, politezza from pulire to polish, clean from Latin polīre polite

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

  • From the French politesse, from the Italian politezza, from polito, past participle of pulire (“to polish", “to clean"), from the Latin polire, present active infinite form of poliō (“I polish", “I smooth").

    From Wiktionary