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Nice

 (nēs)
A city of southeast France on the Mediterranean Sea northeast of Cannes. Controlled by various royal houses after the 1200s, the city was finally ceded to France in 1860. It is the leading resort city of the French Riviera.

nice

 (nīs)
adj. nic·er, nic·est
1. Pleasing and agreeable in nature: had a nice time; a nice person.
2. Having a pleasant or attractive appearance: a nice dress; a nice face.
3. Exhibiting courtesy and politeness: a nice gesture.
4. Of good character and reputation; respectable.
5. Overdelicate or fastidious; fussy.
6. Showing or requiring great precision or sensitive discernment; subtle: a nice distinction; a nice sense of style.
7. Done with delicacy and skill: a nice bit of craft.
8. Used as an intensive with and: nice and warm.
9. Obsolete
a. Wanton; profligate: "For when mine hours / Were nice and lucky, men did ransom lives / Of me for jests" (Shakespeare).
b. Affectedly modest; coy: "Ere ... / The nice Morn on th' Indian steep, / From her cabin'd loop-hole peep" (John Milton).

[Middle English, foolish, from Old French, from Latin nescius, ignorant, from nescīre, to be ignorant; see nescience.]

nice′ly adv.
nice′ness n.

Nice

(French nis)
n
(Placename) a city in SE France, on the Mediterranean: a leading resort of the French Riviera; founded by Phocaeans from Marseille in about the 3rd century bc. Pop: 348 721 (2007)

Nice

(French nis)
n
(Placename) a city in SE France, on the Mediterranean: a leading resort of the French Riviera; founded by Phocaeans from Marseille in about the 3rd century bc. Pop: 348 721 (2007)

NICE

(naɪs)
n acronym for
1. (Medicine) (in Britain) National Institute for Clinical Excellence: a body established in 1999 to provide authoritative guidance on current best practice in medicine and to promote high-quality cost-effective medical treatment in the NHS
2. (Economics) non-inflationary consistent expansion: a period of steady economic growth and low inflation

nice

(naɪs)

adj. nic•er, nic•est.
1. pleasing; agreeable; delightful: a nice visit.
2. amiable; pleasant; kind: to be nice to strangers.
3. requiring or displaying great skill, tact, or precision: a nice handling of a crisis.
4. indicating very small differences; minutely accurate, as instruments or measurements.
5. minute, fine, or subtle: a nice distinction.
6. having or showing delicate perception: a nice sense of color.
7. refined in manners, language, etc.
8. virtuous; respectable; decorous.
9. suitable or proper: a nice wedding.
10. carefully neat in dress, habits, etc.
11. having fastidious or fussy tastes.
12. Obs. coy, shy, or reluctant.
13. Obs. wanton.
Idioms:
nice and, (used as an intensifier to indicate sufficiency, pleasure, comfort, or the like): It's nice and warm in here.
[1250–1300; Middle English: foolish, stupid < Old French: silly, simple < Latin nescius ignorant, incapable =ne- negative prefix + -scius, adj. derivative of scīre to know; compare science]
nice′ly, adv.
nice′ness, n.
usage: The semantic history of nice is quite varied, as the etymology and the obsolete senses attest, and any attempt to insist on only one of its present senses as correct is not in keeping with the facts of actual usage. One criticism is that the word has come, through overuse, to lack precision and intensity.

Nice

(nis)

n.
a seaport in SE France, on the Mediterranean: resort. 342,439.

nice

, nicety - Nice first meant "foolish, ignorant," derived from Latin nescius, "ignorant"; nicety first meant "stupidity."
See also related terms for ignorant.

nice

1. basic meaning

Nice is a very common adjective. You use it to show that you like someone or something, or that something gives you pleasure.

He has nice eyes.
It's a very nice town.
I got a nice hat and a green dress.

Some people object to the use of nice because they say it does not have a clear meaning. This is only partly true.

2. talking about people

When you use nice to talk about people or their behaviour, its meaning is clear. If you say that someone is 'a nice man' or 'a nice woman', you mean that they are kind and thoughtful.

They seemed very nice men.
We've got very nice neighbours.

You can say that it is nice of someone to do something. This is a way of showing gratitude when someone has behaved in a kind and thoughtful way.

It's nice of you to say that.
How nice of you to come.

If someone is being nice to someone else, they are behaving in a pleasant and friendly way towards them, even though they may not like them.

Promise you'll be nice to her when she comes back.
3. talking about enjoyment

You can use nice with some nouns to talk about spending time in a pleasant way. This is a very common use. For example, if you say 'Have a nice evening', you are saying to someone that you hope they will spend the evening in a pleasant way. Similarly, if you say 'Did you have a nice holiday?', you are asking someone if they enjoyed their recent holiday.

They were having a nice time.
'Have a nice weekend.' – 'You too.'
4. talking about things and places

In conversation, you can use nice to say that you like a thing or place. However, in formal writing it is better to find another adjective which expresses your meaning more exactly.

...a delightful room.
...a bottle of nail polish in an attractive shade.
It is one of the pleasantest places I know.
5. 'nice' with other adjectives

In conversation, nice is often used with other adjectives. For example, you can say that a room is nice and warm or describe it as a nice, warm room. When you use nice like this, you are saying that the room is nice because it is warm.

The room is nice and clean.
It's nice and peaceful here.
I want a nice, warm, comfortable bed.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nice - a city in southeastern France on the MediterraneanNice - a city in southeastern France on the Mediterranean; the leading resort on the French Riviera
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
Adj.1.nice - pleasant or pleasing or agreeable in nature or appearance; "what a nice fellow you are and we all thought you so nasty"- George Meredith; "nice manners"; "a nice dress"; "a nice face"; "a nice day"; "had a nice time at the party"; "the corn and tomatoes are nice today"
pleasant - affording pleasure; being in harmony with your taste or likings; "we had a pleasant evening together"; "a pleasant scene"; "pleasant sensations"
nasty, awful - offensive or even (of persons) malicious; "in a nasty mood"; "a nasty accident"; "a nasty shock"; "a nasty smell"; "a nasty trick to pull"; "Will he say nasty things at my funeral?"- Ezra Pound
2.nice - socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous; "from a decent family"; "a nice girl"
respectable - characterized by socially or conventionally acceptable morals; "a respectable woman"
3.nice - done with delicacy and skill; "a nice bit of craft"; "a job requiring nice measurements with a micrometer"; "a nice shot"
precise - sharply exact or accurate or delimited; "a precise mind"; "specified a precise amount"; "arrived at the precise moment"
4.nice - excessively fastidious and easily disgusted; "too nice about his food to take to camp cooking"; "so squeamish he would only touch the toilet handle with his elbow"
fastidious - giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness; "a fastidious and incisive intellect"; "fastidious about personal cleanliness"
5.nice - exhibiting courtesy and politeness; "a nice gesture"
polite - showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc.

nice

adjective
1. pleasant, delightful, agreeable, good, attractive, charming, pleasurable, enjoyable We had a nice meal with a bottle of champagne.
pleasant awful, dreadful, miserable, unpleasant, disagreeable
2. kind, helpful, obliging, considerate It was nice of you to go to so much trouble.
kind mean, unpleasant, unkind, unfriendly, disagreeable
3. likable or likeable, friendly, engaging, charming, pleasant, agreeable, amiable, prepossessing I've met your father and I think he's really nice.
4. polite, cultured, refined, courteous, genteel, well-bred, well-mannered The kids are very well brought up and have nice manners.
polite crude, coarse, vulgar, ill-bred
5. fine, clear, fair, dry, bright, pleasant, sunny, clement, balmy If the weather stays nice, we'll go for a picnic.
6. precise, fine, careful, strict, accurate, exact, exacting, subtle, delicate, discriminating, rigorous, meticulous, scrupulous, fastidious As a politician, he drew a nice distinction between his own opinions and the wishes of the majority.
precise rough, vague, careless, sloppy (informal)

nice

adjective
2. Having pleasant desirable qualities:
Scots: bonny, braw.
3. Well above average:
5. Morally beyond reproach, especially in sexual conduct:
7. Able to make or detect effects of great subtlety or precision:
8. So slight as to be difficult to notice or appreciate:
Translations
دَقيق، مَضْبوطظَريفلَطيفلَطِيفٌ
příjemnýhezkýmilýpěknýpřesný
dejliglækkernøjagtigpænrar
mukava
lijep
nákvæmurnotaleguròokkalegur
すてきな
좋은
subtilybėvingrybė
pamatīgspatīkams, jauksprecīzssmalks
prijetenprikupenspodoben
trevlig
ดี
dễ chịu

Nice

[niːs] NNiza f

nice

[naɪs] ADJ (nicer (compar) (nicest (superl)))
1. (= pleasant) [book, holiday, evening] → bueno, agradable, lindo (LAm); [weather] → bueno; [food, aroma] → rico
it's very nice herese está muy bien aquí
it would be nice to speak a foreign languageestaría bien poder hablar otro idioma
it was nice to see youme ha alegrado mucho verte, fue un placer verte (frm)
it's not a very nice day, is it? (weather-wise) → no hace un día muy bueno, ¿verdad?
did you have a nice day? (at work) → ¿qué tal te fue el día?; (on trip) → ¿lo pasaste bien?
it's a nice idea, butes buena idea, pero ...
it would be nice if you came toome gustaría que tú también vinieses
nice one!¡estupendo!, ¡genial!
it smells nicehuele bien
it doesn't taste at all niceno sabe nada bien
did you have a nice time at the party?¿te lo pasaste bien en la fiesta?
2. (= likeable) → simpático, majo, buena gente
he's a really nice guyes muy simpático, es muy majo (Sp) , es muy buena gente (LAm)
3. (= kind) → amable
he was very nice about itse mostró or (LAm) se portó muy amable al respecto
it was nice of you to help usfuiste muy amable ayudándonos
to say nice things about sbhablar bien de algn
to be nice to sbser amable con algn, tratar bien a algn
4. (= attractive) [person] → guapo, lindo (LAm); [thing, place, house] → bonito, lindo (LAm)
nice car!¡vaya coche!, ¡qué auto más lindo! (LAm)
you look nice!¡qué guapa estás!, ¡qué bien te ves! (LAm)
she has a nice smiletiene una sonrisa muy bonita
5. (= polite) → fino, educado
that's not niceeso no está bien, eso no se hace
nice girls don't smokelas chicas finas or bien educadas no fuman
he has nice mannerses muy educado
what a nice young manque joven más agradable y educado
6. (emphatic) → bien
a nice cold drinkuna bebida bien fría
a nice little houseuna casita muy mona
it's nice and convenientresulta muy conveniente
nice and earlybien temprano
just take it nice and easytú tómatelo con calma
it's nice and warm hereaquí hace un calorcito muy agradable
7. (iro) (= not nice) that's a nice thing to say!¡hombre, muy amable!
nice friends you've got, they've just walked off with my radiovaya amigos que tienes or menudos amigos tienes, acaban de llevarse mi radio
here's a nice state of affairs!¡dónde hemos ido a parar!
8. (= subtle) [distinction, point] → sutil; [judgment] → acertado
9. (o.f., liter) (= fastidious) → remilgado

nice

[ˈnaɪs] adj
[holiday, trip, taste] → agréable
(= good) [food, meal] → bon(ne)
It's very nice → C'est très bon.
a nice cup of coffee → une bonne tasse de café
to have a nice time → passer un bon moment
have a nice time! → amuse-toi bien!
it's nice to see you → cela fait plaisir de te voir
it's nice that ... → c'est bien que ...
It's nice that you'll be able to visit us more often now → C'est bien que tu puisses tu nous rendre visite plus souvent à l'avenir.
(= pretty) [flat, picture, clothes] → joli(e) before n
That's a nice dress! → C'est une jolie robe!
Aix is a nice town → Aix est une jolie ville.
to look nice [woman, girl, place] → être joli(e)
You've got the room looking very nice → Vous avez rendu la pièce très jolie.
(= kind) [person] → gentil(le)
Your parents are very nice → Tes parents sont très gentils.
He's very nice once you get to know him → Il est très gentil une fois qu'on le connaît.
She could be quite nice sometimes → Elle pouvait se montrer très gentille parfois.
to say nice things about sth → dire des choses gentilles sur qch
it was nice of you to ... → c'était gentil de votre part de ...
It was nice of you to remember my birthday → C'était gentil de votre part de vous souvenir de mon anniversaire.
to be nice to sb → être gentil avec qn
Promise me you'll be nice to her → Promets-moi que tu seras gentil avec elle.
[weather, day]
It's a nice day → Il fait beau.
It's not a very nice day, is it? → Il ne fait pas très beau n'est-ce pas?
nice weather → le beau temps
(+ adjective/adverb)bien
I like nice bright colours → J'aime les couleurs bien vives.
He painted the fence a nice bright green → Il a peint la clôture d'un vert bien vif.
nice and ...
It's nice and warm in here → Il fait bien chaud ici.
Stir the sauce until it's nice and creamy → Remuez la sauce jusqu'à ce qu'elle soit bien crémeuse.
[distinction, point] → subtil(e)nice-looking [ˌnaɪsˈlʊkɪŋ] adjbeau(belle)

nice

adj (+er)
nett; person, ways, voicenett, sympathisch; (= nice-looking) girl, dress, looks etcnett, hübsch; weatherschön, gut; taste, smell, meal, whiskygut; warmth, feeling, carschön; foodgut, lecker; (= skilful) workmanship, workgut, schön, fein; be nice to himsei nett zu ihm; that’s not nice!das ist aber nicht nett; be a nice girl and …sei lieb und …; he always tries to be Mr Nice Guyer will sich immer bei allen beliebt machen; no more Mr Nice Guyjetzt werden andere Saiten aufgezogen; to have a nice timesich gut amüsieren; have a nice day! (esp US) → schönen Tag noch!; that was the nice thing about Venicedas war das Schöne an Venedig; it’s (so) nice to meet you at last/to see you againes freut mich (sehr), Sie endlich (persönlich) kennenzulernen/Sie wieder zu treffen; it’s been nice meeting youich habe mich gefreut, Sie kennenzulernen; I had a nice restich habe mich gut or schön ausgeruht; it’s nice to be neededes ist schön, gebraucht zu werden; how nice of you to …wie nett or lieb von Ihnen, zu …; nice one!toll! (inf), → sauber! (inf); he has a nice taste in tieser hat einen guten Geschmack, was Krawatten angeht
(intensifier) → schön; a nice long bathein schönes, langes Bad; nice and warm/near/quicklyschön warm/nahe/schnell; nice and easyganz leicht; take it nice and easyüberanstrengen Sie sich nicht; nice and easy does itimmer schön sachte
(= respectable)nett; districtfein; wordsschön; (= refined) mannersgut, fein; not a nice word/district/bookgar kein schönes Wort/Viertel/Buch
(iro)nett, schön, sauber (all iro); here’s a nice state of affairs!das sind ja schöne or nette Zustände!; you’re in a nice messdu sitzt schön im Schlamassel (inf); that’s a nice way to talk to your motherdas ist ja eine schöne Art, mit deiner Mutter zu sprechen, wie sprichst du denn mit deiner Mutter?
(= subtle) distinction, shade of meaningfein, genau; overly nice distinctionsüberfeine or subtile Unterscheidungen; that was a nice pointdas war eine gute Bemerkung; one or two nice pointsein paar brauchbare or gute Gedanken
(= hard to please) personanspruchsvoll; to be nice about one’s foodin Bezug aufs Essen wählerisch sein

Nice

[niːs] nNizza

nice

[naɪs] adj (-r (comp) (-st (superl)))
a. (gen, pleasant) → bello/a, piacevole, gentile; (person) → simpatico/a, piacevole; (taste, smell, meal) → buono/a; (attractive, pretty) → carino/a, bello/a
he's a nice man → è una brava persona, è un uomo simpatico
he was very nice about it → è stato molto gentile
be nice to him → sii gentile con lui
how nice you look! → come stai bene!
did you have a nice time? → ti sei divertito?
it's nice here → si sta bene qui
b. (iro) → bello/a
that's a nice thing to say! → sono cose da dirsi, queste?
you've got us into a nice mess! → ci hai messo in un bel pasticcio
c. (refined, polite) → gentile, garbato/a
he has nice manners → ha modi gentili or garbati
nice girls don't go out at night on their own → le ragazze perbene non escono da sole la sera
that's not nice → non sta bene
d. (intensifier) (fam) → bello/a + adj
he gets nice long holidays → le sue vacanze sono belle lunghe
it's nice and warm here → è bello caldo qui, c'è un bel calduccio qui
nice and early → di buon'ora
e. (frm) (subtle, distinction) → sottile, fine

nice

(nais) adjective
1. pleasant; agreeable. nice weather; a nice person.
2. used jokingly. We're in a nice mess now.
3. exact; precise. a nice sense of timing.
ˈnicely adverb
nicety (ˈnaisəti) plural ˈniceties noun
a precise or delicate detail.
to a nicety
exactly. He judged the distance to a nicety.

nice

لَطِيفٌ příjemný rar nett συμπαθητικός amable mukava agréable lijep gradevole すてきな 좋은 mooi hyggelig miły agradável, legal приятный trevlig ดี hoş dễ chịu 美好的

nice

a. delicado-a, fino-a, bueno-a;
adv. finamente, delicadamente;
nicely donebien hecho.
References in classic literature ?
Yes, Davy, and I hope you'll be always very nice and good to her.
Oh, Dan, Cousin Mattie and her sisters-in-law are just as nice and kind as they can be," reproached Cecily.
I hadn't seen no house out in the country before that was so nice and had so much style.