Definition of deference noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdefərəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdefərəns//
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behaviour that shows that you respect somebody/something The women wore veils in deference to the customs of the country. The flags were lowered out of deference to the bereaved family. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French déférence, from déférer ‘refer’, from Latin differre, from dis- ‘apart’ + ferre ‘bring, carry’.Extra examples The actress was accorded all the deference of a visiting celebrity. The traditional menu was changed in deference to Western tastes. Why do you treat your boss with such deference? deference towards your elders
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: deference