nice

[ nahys ]
/ naɪs /

adjective, nic·er, nic·est.

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Idioms for nice

    make nice, to behave in a friendly, ingratiating, or conciliatory manner.
    nice and, sufficiently: It's nice and warm in here.

Origin of nice

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English: “foolish, stupid,” from Old French: “silly, simple,” from Latin nescius “ignorant, incapable,” equivalent to ne- negative prefix + sci- (stem of scīre “to know”; see science) + -us adjective suffix

usage note for nice

The semantic history of nice is quite varied, as the etymology and the obsolete senses attest, and any attempt to insist on only one of its present senses as correct will not be in keeping with the facts of actual usage. If any criticism is valid, it might be that the word is used too often and has become a cliché lacking the qualities of precision and intensity that are embodied in many of its synonyms.

OTHER WORDS FROM nice

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH nice

1. nice , niceness , nicety2. gneiss, nice

Definition for nice (2 of 2)

Nice
[ nees ]
/ nis /

noun

a port in and the capital of Alpes-Maritimes, in southeastern France, on the Mediterranean: known as a vacation resort.

Origin of Nice

From French, (Provençal Niça ), from Latin Nīcaea, from Greek Nīkaía, proper noun use of adjective nīkaía “victorious,” from nī́kē “victory”
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British Dictionary definitions for nice (1 of 3)

nice
/ (naɪs) /

adjective

Derived forms of nice

nicely, adverbniceness, nounnicish, adjective

Word Origin for nice

C13 (originally: foolish): from Old French nice simple, silly, from Latin nescius ignorant, from nescīre to be ignorant; see nescience

British Dictionary definitions for nice (2 of 3)

Nice
/ (French nis) /

noun

a city in SE France, on the Mediterranean: a leading resort of the French Riviera; founded by Phocaeans from Marseille in about the 3rd century bc . Pop: 342 738 (1999)

British Dictionary definitions for nice (3 of 3)

NICE
/ (naɪs) /

n acronym for

(in Britain) National Institute for Clinical Excellence: a body established in 1999 to provide authoritative guidance on current best practice in medicine and to promote high-quality cost-effective medical treatment in the NHS
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Cultural definitions for nice

Nice
[ (nees) ]

City in southeastern France on the Mediterranean Sea.

notes for Nice

Nice is the most famous resort of the French Riviera.
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