See also: Polite, polité, and politè

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Etymology Edit

From Latin polītus (polished), past participle of poliō (I polish, smooth); see polish.

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  • IPA(key): /pəˈlaɪt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪt

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polite (comparative politer or more polite, superlative politest or most polite)

  1. Well-mannered, civilized.
    It's not polite to use a mobile phone in a restaurant.
    • 1733, Alexander Pope, Epistle to Bathurst:
      He marries, bows at court, and grows polite.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 4, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      I told him about everything I could think of; and what I couldn't think of he did. He asked about six questions during my yarn, but every question had a point to it. At the end he bowed and thanked me once more. As a thanker he was main-truck high; I never see anybody so polite.
  2. (obsolete) Smooth, polished, burnished.

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polite (third-person singular simple present polites, present participle politing, simple past and past participle polited)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To polish; to refine; to render polite.
    • 1691, John Ray, The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of the Creation. [], London: [] Samuel Smith, [], →OCLC:
      those exercises plied, which polite men's spirits

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Italian Edit

Adjective Edit

polite f pl

  1. feminine plural of polito

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Latin Edit

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  1. second-person plural present active imperative of poliō

References Edit

  • polite”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • polite”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers

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Verb Edit


  1. second-person singular voseo imperative of polir combined with te