Meaning of NICETY in English


ˈnīsəd.ē, -ətē, -i noun

( -es )

Etymology: Middle English nicete (also, foolishness), from Middle French niceté foolishness, from nice (adjective) + -té -ty

1. : the quality or state of being nice : niceness

2. : a dainty, delicate, or elegant thing or feature

enjoy the niceties of civilized life

3. : an expression, act, mode of treatment, distinction involving delicacy or subtlety : a minute distinction, point, or detail

niceties of workmanship

nicety of a problem

4. : delicacy or exactness of perception or discrimination : precision , accuracy

depicted the scene with the greatest nicety

the nicety of a trained eye and hand

5. : the quality of demanding delicacy and accuracy of treatment

a question of great nicety


a. : delicacy of taste or feeling : fastidiousness

b. : excessive fastidiousness : squeamishness , prudishness

- to a nicety

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.