[ mod-uh-stee ]
/ ˈmɒd ə sti /

noun, plural mod·es·ties.

the quality of being modest; freedom from vanity, boastfulness, etc.
regard for decency of behavior, speech, dress, etc.
simplicity; moderation.

Origin of modesty

From the Latin word modestia, dating back to 1525–35. See modest, -y3

Related forms

o·ver·mod·est·y, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for modesty


/ (ˈmɒdɪstɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the quality or condition of being modest
(modifier) designed to prevent inadvertent exposure of part of the bodya modesty flap

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