[ nahy-si-tee ]
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noun,plural ni·ce·ties.
  1. a delicate or fine point; punctilio: niceties of protocol.

  2. a fine distinction; subtlety; detail: the niceties of the filigree work.

  1. Usually niceties . a refined, elegant, or choice feature, as of manner or living: working hard to acquire the niceties of life.

  2. exactness or precision.

  3. the quality of being nice; niceness.

  4. delicacy of character, as of something requiring care or tact: a matter of considerable nicety.

Origin of nicety

1275–1325; Middle English: silliness, extravagance, cleverness <Old French niceté.See nice, -ty2

Other words from nicety

  • o·ver·ni·ce·ty, noun, plural o·ver·ni·ce·ties.

Words that may be confused with nicety

Words Nearby nicety Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use nicety in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for nicety


/ (ˈnaɪsɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. a subtle point of delicacy or distinction: a nicety of etiquette

  2. (usually plural) a refinement or delicacy: the niceties of first-class travel

  1. subtlety, delicacy, or precision

  2. excessive refinement; fastidiousness

  3. to a nicety with precision

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