adjective, po·lit·er, po·lit·est.
Origin of polite
Examples from the Web for polite
And so he looked at her, smiled, and offered a polite “Is everything okay?”Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Wilson would later tell the grand jury that he had been only polite and Brown had responded with the F word.90 Seconds of Fury in Ferguson Are the Key to Making Peace in America|Michael Daly|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They were delicate, they were long, they were polite, and they were long.
Everyone, of course, was too polite to inquire about the embarrassing number of absentees.There’s Only One Way to Beat ISIS: Work With Assad and Iran|Leslie H. Gelb|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He's polite and amusing, inventing comic voices to deceive friends.
I'm certain one ought to be polite, even to people who aren't saved.The Longest Journey|E. M. Forster
For the first time history won a right to be considered apart from polite literature.A History of Spain|Charles E. Chapman
You know mother would like to have you, Esther said, with polite urgence.Wheat and Huckleberries|Charlotte Marion (White) Vaile
"Delighted, I'm sure," said Dale, who stood looking down on the Liliputian egotist with polite wonder.Simon the Jester|William J. Locke
The Children of the Mist are invariably well behaved and polite.One Irish Summer|William Eleroy Curtis
British Dictionary definitions for polite
Word Origin for polite
Word Origin and History for polite
late 14c., "polished, burnished" (mid-13c. as a surname), from Latin politus "refined, elegant, accomplished," literally "polished," past participle of polire "to polish, to make smooth" (see polish (v.)). Used literally at first in English; sense of "elegant, cultured" is first recorded c.1500, that of "behaving courteously" is 1748 (implied in politely). Related: Politeness.