- conventional requirements as to social behavior; proprieties of conduct as established in any class or community or for any occasion.
- a prescribed or accepted code of usage in matters of ceremony, as at a court or in official or other formal observances.
- the code of ethical behavior regarding professional practice or action among the members of a profession in their dealings with each other: medical etiquette.
Origin of etiquette
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Examples from the Web for etiquette
The key is to recognize that etiquette changes over time and varies across circumstances.Go Ahead, End With a Preposition: Grammar Rules We All Can Live With
November 3, 2014
McDonough, by all accounts, is highly attuned to protocol and etiquette in hierarchy-minded Washington.Denis McDonough: Mr. Popular
January 25, 2013
A decorous group of nine panelists presented their positions one at a time, following distinctly un-Israeli rules of etiquette.Israel’s New Election Discourse
January 8, 2013
Etiquette Scholar also has some clever tips that pertain directly to business lunches.Romney and Obama’s First Lunch: A Social Etiquette Guide
November 28, 2012
Perhaps then, the White House just had a bad week of etiquette.Did the White House Snub Petraeus?
September 4, 2011
You know better than any one else the etiquette of the Spanish Court.My Double Life
What do you think, eh, of the etiquette which compels him to such loneliness?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
For that breach of etiquette I had to humiliate you that Royal dignity might be preserved.City of Endless Night
When the decent distance of etiquette separated us we resumed our paddles.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
A battle should be like a stately minuet, with no loss of dignity or of etiquette.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- the customs or rules governing behaviour regarded as correct or acceptable in social or official life
- a conventional but unwritten code of practice followed by members of any of certain professions or groupsmedical etiquette
Word Origin and History for etiquette
1750, from French étiquette "prescribed behavior," from Old French estiquette "label, ticket" (see ticket).
The sense development in French perhaps is from small cards written or printed with instructions for how to behave properly at court (cf. Italian etichetta, Spanish etiqueta), and/or from behavior instructions written on a soldier's billet for lodgings (the main sense of the Old French word).