Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The practices and forms prescribed by social convention or by authority.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. The customary behavior of members of a profession, business, law, or sports team towards each other.
  • n. A label used to indicate that a letter is to be sent by airmail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ticket or label, specifically one attached to a specimen of natural history.
  • n. Conventional requirement or custom in regard to social behavior or observance; prescriptive usage, especially in polite society or for ceremonial intercourse; propriety of conduct as established in any class or community or for any occasion; good manners; polite behavior.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. rules governing socially acceptable behavior

Etymologies

French, from Old French estiquet, label; see ticket.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1740, 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" from Middle French estiquette ("ticket, memorandum"), from Old French estiquette, from estechier, estichier, estequier "to attach, stick", (compare Picard estiquier "to stick, pierce"), from Frankish *stikkan, stikjan ("to stick, pierce, sting"), from Proto-Germanic *stikanan, *stikōnan, *staikijanan (“to be sharp, pierce, prick”), from Proto-Indo-European *st(e)ig-, *(s)teig- (“to be sharp, to stab”). Akin to Old High German stehhan "to stick, attach, nail" (German stechen "to stick"), Old English stician "to pierce, stab, be fastened". The French Court of Louis XIV at Versailles used étiquettes, "little cards", to remind courtiers to keep off of the grass and similar rules. More at stick (verb), stitch. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • When traveling, it's important to be aware of the etiquette of the culture you will be visiting.

    May 20, 2009

  • Its double 't' at the end :)

    February 20, 2008

  • Knowing which fingers to put in your mouth when you whistle for the waiter.

    February 17, 2008