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[net-i-kit, ‐ket]
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  1. the rules of etiquette that apply when communicating over computer networks, especially the Internet.

Origin of netiquette

1980–85; blend of network + etiquette
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Examples from the Web for netiquette

Historical Examples

  • Inside also were pigeonholes of the best quality, like in the Netiquette.

    V. V.'s Eyes

    Henry Sydnor Harrison

  • Kern had risen with her, though she had not learned that from the Netiquette.

    V. V.'s Eyes

    Henry Sydnor Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for netiquette


  1. the informal code of behaviour on the internet

Word Origin

C20: from net (work) + (et) iquette
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Word Origin and History for netiquette


1993, coined punningly from net, short for Internet + etiquette.

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