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nice

Pronunciation: \'n[macron over i]s\

adjective

nic*er

nic*est

1 : pleasing, pleasant <nice weather> <I had a nice time.>

2 : kind, polite, and friendly <a nice person>

3 : of good quality <A nice place to live.>

4 : done very well <Nice work!>

5 : well behaved <nice children>

nice*ly adverb

nice*ness noun

Word History: The English word nice came from an Old French word with the same spelling that meant "foolish." This Old French word came in turn from a Latin word nescius that meant "ignorant." At first, English nice meant "foolish" or "frivolous." Later it came to mean "finicky" or "fussy." Not until the 1700s did nice come to mean "pleasing" or "pleasant."

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Publication:Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary
Date:Jan 1, 2009
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