Etiquette



[et-i-kit, -ket] /ˈɛt ɪ kɪt, -ˌkɛt/

noun
1.
conventional requirements as to social behavior; proprieties of conduct as established in any class or community or for any occasion.
2.
a prescribed or accepted code of usage in matters of ceremony, as at a court or in official or other formal observances.
3.
the code of ethical behavior regarding professional practice or action among the members of a profession in their dealings with each other:
medical etiquette.
/ˈɛtɪˌkɛt; ˌɛtɪˈkɛt/
noun
1.
the customs or rules governing behaviour regarded as correct or acceptable in social or official life
2.
a conventional but unwritten code of practice followed by members of any of certain professions or groups: medical etiquette
n.

1750, from French étiquette “prescribed behavior,” from Old French estiquette “label, ticket” (see ticket).

The sense development in French perhaps is from small cards written or printed with instructions for how to behave properly at court (cf. Italian etichetta, Spanish etiqueta), and/or from behavior instructions written on a soldier’s billet for lodgings (the main sense of the Old French word).

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