Definition of "polite" []

  • Marked by or showing consideration for others, tact, and observance of accepted social usage. (adjective)
  • Refined; elegant: polite society. (adjective)
  • Showing regard for others, in manners, speech, behaviour, etc; courteous (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Cultivated or refined (adjective)
  • Elegant or polished (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "polite" in a sentence
  • "Raul bowed slightly over her hand, his expression polite, but showing no recognition."
  • "The language is everywhere that of men of honour, but their actions are those of knaves—a proof that he was perfectly well acquainted with human nature, and frequented what we call polite company."
  • ""That's not what I call polite," said she, "but he's awful flustered, and I don't mind.""