polite - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online (US)

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “polite”

See all translations

polite

adjective uk   us   /pəˈlaɪt/
A2 behaving in a way that is socially correct and shows understanding of and care for other people's feelings: I'm afraid I wasn't very polite to her. She sent me a polite letter thanking me for my invitation. He was too polite to point out my mistake. socially correct rather than friendly: polite conversationpolite society/company old-fashioned or humorous people who have been taught how to behave in a socially correct way: Sex never used to be discussed in polite society.
More examples
politeness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
Translations of “polite”
in Arabic مُؤَدَّب…
in Korean 공손한, 예의바른…
in Malaysian sopan…
in French poli…
in Turkish kibar, nazik, terbiyeli…
in Italian educato, cortese…
in Chinese (Traditional) 有禮貌的, 斯文的,文雅的…
in Russian вежливый…
in Polish uprzejmy, grzeczny…
in Vietnamese lịch sự…
in Spanish educado…
in Portuguese educado, atencioso…
in Thai สุภาพ…
in German höflich…
in Catalan educat, atent, correcte…
in Japanese 礼儀正しい, 丁寧な…
in Indonesian sopan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 有礼貌的, 斯文的,文雅的…
(Definition of polite from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of polite?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “polite” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

prime time

in television and radio broadcasting, the time when the largest number of people are watching or listening

Word of the Day

The language of elections

by Liz Walter,
April 22, 2015
On May 7th, citizens of the UK will be going to the polls (having an election) to decide who will form the next government. This kind of election is known as a general election. The country is divided into 650 areas, called constituencies. Each constituency elects a member of parliament (MP) to

Read More 

e-juice noun

April 27, 2015
the liquid content in an e-cigarette, which includes nicotine and may be flavoured in various ways Cannabidiol oil that comes from industrial hemp plants, which is what is infused into our e-juice, is 100 per cent legal.

Read More