[nahy-si-tee] /ˈnaɪ sɪ ti/
noun, plural niceties.
a delicate or fine point; punctilio:
niceties of protocol.
a fine distinction; subtlety; detail:
the niceties of the filigree work.
Usually, niceties. a refined, elegant, or choice feature, as of manner or living:
working hard to acquire the niceties of life.
exactness or precision.
the quality of being ; niceness.
delicacy of character, as of something requiring care or tact:
a matter of considerable nicety.
noun (pl) -ties
a subtle point of delicacy or distinction: a nicety of etiquette
(usually pl) a refinement or delicacy: the niceties of first-class travel
subtlety, delicacy, or precision
excessive refinement; fastidiousness
to a nicety, with precision
mid-14c., “folly, stupidity,” from Old French niceté “foolishness, childishness, simplicity,” from nice “silly” (see nice). Underwent sense evolution parallel to nice, arriving at “minute, subtle point” 1580s and “exactitude” in 1650s. Phrase to a nicety “exactly” is attested from 1795.
- Nice work if you can get it
sentence That would be a very pleasant thing to do; wouldn’t that be fun? •An admiring comment made when one sees something easy, pleasant, attractive, etc, used esp with sexual overtones: They’re paid salaries totaling millions, they get the best tables in restaurants, the valets never keep them waiting for their Mercedes, they glide from […]
/ˌnaɪsɪˈnaɪsɪ/ adjective, adverb 1. (informal) trying to be pleasant, but in a way that suggests artifice or exaggeration; ingratiating(ly) adjective
verb To crave nicotine; suffer from withdrawal: It’s so incredibly bad to nic-fit, it’s not even funny (1990s+)