1. Marked by or showing consideration for others, tact, and observance of accepted social usage.
2. Refined; elegant: polite society.
[Middle English polit, polished, from Latin poltus, past participle of polre, to polish; see polish.]
Synonyms: polite, mannerly, civil, courteous, genteel These adjectives mean mindful of, conforming to, or marked by good manners. Polite and mannerly imply consideration for others and the adherence to conventional social standards of good behavior: It costs nothing to be polite (Winston S. Churchill). The child was scolded by his grandmother for not being more mannerly. Civil suggests only the barest observance of accepted social usages; it often means merely neither polite nor rude: If you cant be friendly, at least be civil. Courteous implies courtliness and dignity: If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world (Francis Bacon). Genteel, which originally meant well-bred, now usually suggests excessive and affected refinement: A man, indeed, is not genteel when he gets drunk (James Boswell).
polite /plat/ adj.-liter, -litest1 having good manners, courteous: He is a polite little boy who says Thank you and Excuse me often.2 refined, polished: People should not tell dirty jokes in polite company.-adv.politely; -n. [U] politeness.