Meaning of “nice” in the English Dictionary

"nice" in British English

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uk /naɪs/ us /naɪs/

nice adjective (PLEASANT)

A1 pleasant, enjoyable, or satisfactory:

Did you have a nice trip?
Have a nice day/time!
This milk doesn't smell very nice.
Thanks for ringing - it's been nice talking to you.
nice and... B1 informal


This orange is nice and juicy.

More examples

  • After the trip, it was nice getting back to a few home comforts.
  • This room is nice and cosy in the winter.
  • You looked equally nice in both dresses - I wouldn't know which one to advise you to buy.
  • It's always nice to be paid a compliment.
  • It's nice to see her smile for a change.

nice adjective (KIND)

A1 kind, friendly, or polite:

Jane's new boyfriend is a really nice guy.
I wish you'd be nice to your brother.
It was very nice of her to drive you home.
It's not nice to talk with your mouth full.

More examples

  • She's nice, but I don't feel I can confide in her.
  • He's obviously making a conscious effort to be nice to me at the moment.
  • He's a really nice guy.
  • I tried to be nice to him, honest to God I did!
  • He's not amazingly handsome, but he's nice and that's more important.

(Definition of “nice” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"nice" in American English

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niceadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /nɑɪs/

nice adjective [ -er/-est only ] (PLEASANT)

pleasant, enjoyable, or satisfactory:

Have a nice day!
It was nice talking to you.
That’s a really nice restaurant.
She plans to start running more when the weather gets nicer.

nice adjective [ -er/-est only ] (KIND)

kind or friendly:

I wish you’d be nice to your brother.
He’s very smart, but he isn’t very nice.

(Definition of “nice” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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