1740, from French étiquette, from Middle French estiquette, from the Old French - verb estechier, estichier, estequier, (compare pcd estiquier), from frk *stikkan, *stikjan ("to stick, pierce, sting"), from Proto-Germanic *stikaną, *stikōną, *staikijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)teyg-. Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈɛtɪˌkɛt/, /ˈɛtɪkɪt/


  1. The forms required by a good upbringing, 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.
    • 20 May 2018, Hadley Freeman in The Guardian, Is Meghan Markle the American the royals have needed all along? ↗
      Much shock was expressed in the British press about the Palace’s utter failure to control the Markles and the Markles’ lack of etiquette.
    • 2003, Yoko Ogawa, The Housekeeper and the Professor:
      Whenever Root would put his elbows on the table or clatter his dishes or commit any other breach of etiquette, the Professor would gently correct him.
  2. The customary behavior of members of a profession, business, law, or sports team towards each other.
  3. A label used to indicate that a letter is to be sent by airmail.
Related terms
  • chatiquette
  • etiquettal
  • jetiquette
  • netiquette
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  • wikiquette
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