[ puh-lahyt ]
/ pəˈlaɪt /
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adjective, po·lit·er, po·lit·est.
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Origin of polite
First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin polītus, past participle of polīre “to polish”; see polish
synonym study for polite
1. See civil.
OTHER WORDS FROM politepo·lite·ly, adverbpo·lite·ness, nounsu·per·po·lite·, adjectivesu·per·po·lite·ness, noun
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How to use polite in a sentence
According to the politest version, the Cossacks replied: Thou Turkish Devil!Cossacks: The Cowboys of Crimea|Kamil Tchorek|March 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Carl hesitated, so Louise in her politest manner inquired for the lady of the house.
They paused a moment when they reached the corner; then Ikey, with his politest bow, left her and crossed the street.
The Court of Bavaria is without dispute the most gallant, and the politest in Germany.The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz, Volume I|Karl Ludwig von Pllnitz
It will appear in to-day's Moniteur, and there will also be published a reply from M. de Rigny in the politest terms.Memoirs of the Duchesse de Dino v.1/3, 1831-1835|Dorothy Duchesse de Dino
"Good-night," said the little man, slipping through the door that was held open for him with the politest alacrity.After Dark|Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for polite
/ (pəˈlaɪt) /
showing regard for others, in manners, speech, behaviour, etc; courteous
cultivated or refinedpolite society
elegant or polishedpolite letters
Derived forms of politepolitely, adverbpoliteness, noun
Word Origin for polite
C15: from Latin polītus polished; see polish
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