lessons in etiquette

The Definition of Etiquette


One of the reasons why ‘etiquette’ seems a severe word is because it has so often been a means of separating people instead of bringing them together. It smacks of snobbery, a mark of insecurity. So I thought it would be appropriate at this time, to find the real definitions of the word etiquette and other related ones also.

Etiquette  noun

the customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group.

ORIGIN — mid 18th century: from French ‘etiquette list of ceremonial observances of a court’

Deportment  noun

a persons behaviour or manners

ORIGIN — early 17th century: from French de’portment, from the verb d’eporter


simple elegance or refinement of movement

ORIGIN — Middle English: via Old French from Latin gratia, from gratus ‘pleasing, thankful’

Poise  noun

graceful and elegant bearing in person; composure and dignity of manner

ORIGIN — from Old French pois, peis

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