from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality of showing or requiring careful, precise treatment: the nicety of a diplomatic exchange.
- n. Delicacy of character or feeling; fastidiousness; scrupulousness.
- n. A fine point, small detail, or subtle distinction: the niceties of etiquette.
- n. An elegant or refined feature; an amenity: the niceties of civilized life.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small detail that is nice or polite to have but isn't necessary.
- n. Subtlety or precision of use.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being nice (in any of the senses of that word.).
- n. Delicacy or exactness of perception; minuteness of observation or of discrimination; precision.
- n. A delicate expression, act, mode of treatment, distinction, or the like; a minute distinction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Ignorance; folly; foolishness; triviality.
- n. Fastidiousness; extreme or excessive delicacy; squeamishness.
- n. Nice discrimination; delicacy of perception; acuteness.
- n. A nice distinction; a refinement; a subtlety; a fine-drawn point or criticism.
- n. Delicacy; exactness; accuracy; precision.
- n. A dainty or delicacy; something rare or choice: usually in the plural.
- n. Nice appearance; agreeableness of appearance
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. conformity with some esthetic standard of correctness or propriety
- n. a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
Middle English nicete, silliness, exactitude, from Old French, silliness, from nice, silly; see nice.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English nicetee, from Old French niceté ("simpleness, foolishness"), from nice ("simple, foolish"); see nice. (Wiktionary)