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From French étiquette, property, a little piece of paper, or a mark or title, affixed to a bag or bundle, expressing its contents, a label, ticket. The French Court of Louis XIV at Versailles used étiquettes, little cards, to remind courtiers to keep off of the grass and similar rules.
- Rhymes: -ɛt
- The forms required by good breeding, or prescribed by authority, to be observed in social or official life; observance of the proprieties of rank and occasion; conventional decorum; ceremonial code of polite society.
- The customary behavior of members of a profession, business, law, or sports team towards each other.
- 1885, Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado
- If you think we are worked by strings, / Like a Japanese marionette, / You don't understand these things / It is simply Court etiquette.
- 2001, Eric R. Wolf, Sydel Silverman, Aram A. Yengoyan, Pathways of Power: Building an Anthropology of the Modern World, page 182
- These then influence other groups, who recut and reshape their patterns of interpersonal etiquettes to fit those utilized by the tone-setting group.
Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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