Definition of polite adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈlaɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈlaɪt//
    (politer, politest) more polite and most polite are also common
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  1. 1  having or showing good manners and respect for the feelings of others synonym courteous Please be polite to our guests. We were all too polite to object. opposite impolite
  2. 2  socially correct but not always sincere I don't know how to make polite conversation. The performance was greeted with polite applause.
  3. 3[only before noun] from a class of society that believes it is better than others ‘Bum’ is not a word we use in polite company.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in the Latin sense): from Latin politus ‘polished, made smooth’, past participle of polire.Extra examples She was scrupulously polite to him. an overly polite smile If you just go and ask in a polite way, you might get what you want. In Western culture, it is polite to maintain eye contact during conversation. We all stood around making polite conversation.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: polite