etiquette

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n etiquette rules governing socially acceptable behavior
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An etiquette writer of the 1840's advised, "Ladies may wipe their lips on the tablecloth, but not blow their noses on it."
    • n Etiquette 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n etiquette A ticket or label, specifically one attached to a specimen of natural history.
    • n etiquette Conventional requirement or custom in regard to social behavior or observance; prescriptive usage, especially in polite society or for ceremonial intercourse; propriety of conduct as established in any class or community or for any occasion; good manners; polite behavior.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Etiquette et-i-ket′ forms of ceremony or decorum: ceremony: the unwritten laws of courtesy observed between members of the same profession, as 'medical etiquette.'
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Quotations

  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “Every doctor will allow a colleague to decimate a whole countryside sooner than violate the bond of professional etiquette by giving him away.”
  • Walter Benjamin
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    “He who observes etiquette but objects to lying is like someone who dresses fashionably but wears no vest.”
  • Dorothy Parker
    Dorothy%20Parker
    “Those who have mastered etiquette, who are entirely, impeccably right, would seem to arrive at a point of exquisite dullness.”
  • Queen Maria
    Queen Maria
    “Fashion exists for women with no taste, etiquette for people with no breeding.”
  • Will Cuppy
    Will Cuppy
    “Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. See Ticket.

Usage

In literature:

It may be they felt that in the free green wood the etiquette of courts was out of place.
"The Terrible Twins" by Edgar Jepson
For a long time we were singularly obtuse about this little point of etiquette in the country.
"Homeburg Memories" by George Helgesen Fitch
Moreover, Prussian etiquette requires us to stand in listening to the words of our sovereign.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Perhaps that would not have been etiquette.
"The Heather-Moon" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
This would have been doubtful etiquette in America.
"Chapters from My Autobiography" by Mark Twain
It was now so late, that etiquette had fair play, and no point was omitted on the occasion.
"The Two Admirals" by J. Fenimore Cooper
She was not the slave to etiquette that Freddie was.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
I also ordered three different and lately-published books on etiquette.
"The Blunders of a Bashful Man" by Metta Victoria Fuller Victor
His letters, received then, showed him vain, and more attentive to ceremony and etiquette, than we suppose men of sense should be.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Etiquette originally meant the ticket or tag tied to a bag to indicate its contents.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
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In poetry:

If e'er I fail in etiquette,
And foozle on The Proper Stuff
Regarding manners, don't forget
A. Tennyson's were pretty tough.
"Erring In Company" by Franklin Pierce Adams
But, rather than resign the weed,
You’d shock us, whites, by chewing it;
For etiquette is not indeed
A thing that bothers you a bit.
"Black Lizzie" by Henry Kendall
"But I have never taken yet
A strict domestic part,
And in my flurry I forget
The Five Good Rules of Etiquette
We have to know by heart."
"Phantasmagoria Canto I (The Trystyng )" by Lewis Carroll
THE MORAL is (or seems, at least,
To be): In etiquette you
Will find that while enough's a feast
A surplus will upset you.
Toujours, toujours la politesse, if
The quantity be not excessive.
"The Pampered Lapdog And The Misguided Ass" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
MRS. BULKLEY.
Why, sure the girl's beside herself: an Epilogue of singing,
A hopeful end indeed to such a blest beginning.
Besides, a singer in a comic set! --
Excuse me, Ma'am, I know the etiquette.
"Epilogue Intended To Have Been Spoken For 'She Stoops To Conquer'" by Oliver Goldsmith
The Business Man may fret and sweat
In his black coat, for etiquette,
And grow in shop and office old,
And gather wrinkles with his gold -
I sit in shirt-sleeves cool and bland,
With pipe in mouth and pen in hand.
"Omarism" by Victor James Daley

In news:

Students from area high schools, community colleges, and universities attended the 5th Annual Etiquette Workshop at MSU Meridian.
Wedding gift etiquette is in question .
A gentleman's view on etiquette, romance, and other disasters.
There is a certain etiquette shared by artists who don't make a fuss about introductions.
With new technology, comes new rules of etiquette.
Perhaps rather than reading the small etiquette book on which he based this even smaller character, he might want to turn to Miss Manners .
Stellar business etiquette helps interns shine.
Howard County afterschool program teaches manners , etiquette.
Etiquette gripes: Are manners skipping younger generations.
Let's Play 'Taylor Swift or 1950s Etiquette Manual ?'.
Mastermind behind La MaMa's musical The Etiquette of Death.
Cast of the Etiquette of Death.
Letitia Baldrige, Etiquette Maven , Is Dead at 86.
If modern life is a battlefield, then everyday etiquettes are the mines hidden across it, many laid where you least expect them.
Peter Post is the author of "The Etiquette Advantage in Business".
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In science:

Fig. 6 shows a multi-mode communications system consisting of three independent transmitter and receiver sets and one independent etiquette.
The "...system of constraints"
Fig. 6. A multi-mode system with one etiquette.
The "...system of constraints"
Fig. 6, without the etiquette, could also be viewed as a model of a 2G or 3G tri-band cellular mobile and cellular base station.
The "...system of constraints"
The purpose of an etiquette is to support adaptability.
The "...system of constraints"
Etiquettes are already used in many communications systems e.g., ITU G3 fax T.30, ITU telephone modems, ITU V.8, ITU digital subscriber line transceivers G.994.1, IETF Session Initiation Protocol, W3C XML; their properties have been explored by Krechmer .
The "...system of constraints"
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