What does nice mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Nice(adj)

    a city in southeastern France on the Mediterranean; the leading resort on the French Riviera

  2. nice(adj)

    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"

  3. decent, nice(adj)

    socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous

    "from a decent family"; "a nice girl"

  4. nice, skillful(adj)

    done with delicacy and skill

    "a nice bit of craft"; "a job requiring nice measurements with a micrometer"; "a nice shot"

  5. dainty, nice, overnice, prissy, squeamish(adj)

    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"

  6. courteous, gracious, nice(adj)

    exhibiting courtesy and politeness

    "a nice gesture"


  1. Nice(a.)

    Pleasant; kind; as, a nice person; -- of people.

  2. Nice(a.)

    Hence: Well-mannered; well-behaved; as, nice children; -- of people.

  3. Origin: [OE., foolish, fr. OF. nice ignorant, fool, fr. L. nescius ignorant; ne not + scius knowing, scire to know. Perhaps influenced by E. nesh delicate, soft. See No, and Science.]


  1. nice(Adverb)


  2. nice(Adjective)

    Silly, ignorant; foolish.

  3. nice(Adjective)

    Particular in one's conduct; scrupulous, painstaking; choosy.

  4. nice(Adjective)

    Particular as regards rules or qualities; strict.

  5. nice(Adjective)

    Showing or requiring great precision or sensitive discernment; subtle.

  6. nice(Adjective)

    Doubtful, as to the outcome; risky.

  7. nice(Adjective)

    Respectable; virtuous.

    What is a nice person like you doing in a place like this?

  8. nice(Adjective)

    Pleasant, satisfactory.

  9. nice(Adjective)

    Of a person: friendly, attractive.

  10. nice(Adjective)

    With "and", having intensive effect: extremely.

    The soup is nice and hot.

  11. nice(Interjection)

    Used to signify a job well done.

    Nice! I couldn't have done better.

  12. Nice(ProperNoun)

    A city in southeast France on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, capital of the department of Alpes-Maritimes.

  13. Nice(ProperNoun)

    Nice (pronounced /ni:s/ or /nau026As/) is also a family name found in the United Kingdom, U.S.A., and other western countries.

  14. Origin: From nice, nyce, nys, from nice, niche, nisce, from nescius; compare nescire, from ne + scire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nice

    foolish; silly; simple; ignorant; also, weak; effeminate

  2. Nice

    of trifling moment; nimportant; trivial

  3. Nice

    overscrupulous or exacting; hard to please or satisfy; fastidious in small matters

  4. Nice

    delicate; refined; dainty; pure

  5. Nice

    apprehending slight differences or delicate distinctions; distinguishing accurately or minutely; carefully discriminating; as, a nice taste or judgment

  6. Nice

    done or made with careful labor; suited to excite admiration on account of exactness; evidencing great skill; exact; fine; finished; as, nice proportions, nice workmanship, a nice application; exactly or fastidiously discriminated; requiring close discrimination; as, a nice point of law, a nice distinction in philosophy

  7. Nice

    pleasing; agreeable; gratifying; delightful; good; as, a nice party; a nice excursion; a nice person; a nice day; a nice sauce, etc

  8. Origin: [OE., foolish, fr. OF. nice ignorant, fool, fr. L. nescius ignorant; ne not + scius knowing, scire to know. Perhaps influenced by E. nesh delicate, soft. See No, and Science.]


  1. Nice

    Nice is the fifth most populous city in France, after Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse. The urban area of Nice extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of about 1 million on an area of 721 km². Located on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille. The city is called Nice la Belle, which means Nice the Beautiful, which is also the title of the unofficial anthem of Nice, written by Menica Rondelly in 1912. Nice is the capital of the Alpes Maritimes département and the second biggest city of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region after Marseille. The area of today's Nice contains Terra Amata, an archaeological site which displays evidence of a very early use of fire. Around 350 BC, Greeks of Marseille founded a permanent settlement and called it Nikaia, after Nike, the goddess of victory. Through the ages, the town has changed hands many times. Its strategic location and port significantly contributed to its maritime strength. For years it was a dominion of Savoy, then became part of France between 1792 and 1815, when it was returned to Piedmont-Sardinia until its reannexation by France in 1860.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nice

    nīs, adj. foolishly simple: over-particular: hard to please: fastidious: marking or taking notice of very small differences: done with great care and exactness, accurate: easily injured: delicate: dainty: agreeable: delightful.—adv. Nice′ly.—ns. Nice′ness, quality of being nice: exactness: scrupulousness: pleasantness; Nic′ety, quality of being nice: delicate management: exactness of treatment: fineness of perception: fastidiousness: that which is delicate to the taste: a delicacy.—To a nicety, with great exactness. [O. Fr. nice, foolish, simple—L. nescius, ignorant—ne, not, scīre, to know.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Nice

    or Nicæa, an ancient city of Bithynia, in Asia Minor, celebrated as the seat of two oecumenical councils of the Church, the first, presided over by Constantine in 325, which condemned Arianism, and the second, under the Empress Irene in 787, which deliberated on image-worship.

  2. Nice

    capital of the department Alpes-Maritimes, France, charmingly situated on the Mediterranean coast near the Italian border, terraced hills shelter it on the N., and its genial and equable climate make it a favourite winter resort for invalids; the Paglione, a small stream, divides the old and modern portion; Castle Hill, with ruins and pleasure gardens, the cathedral, art-gallery, &c., are features of interest; olive-oil is the chief export, and artistic pottery, perfumery, &c., are manufactured.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. nice

    (It. Nizza, anc. Nicæa). Chief town since 1860 of the department of the Maritime Alps, France, on both sides of the river Paglione, 100 miles south-southwest from Turin. It was the seat of a colony from Massilia, now Marseilles, and formed part of the Roman empire. It first became important as a stronghold of the Christian religion, which was preached there by Nazarius at an early period. In the Middle Ages it was subject to Genoa, and suffered from the frequent wars, being taken and retaken by the Imperialists and French. It was taken by the Austrians under Melas, 1800; seized and annexed to France, 1792; restored to Sardinia in 1814; again annexed to France in virtue of the treaty of March 24, 1860. The French troops entered April 1, and definite possession was taken June 14 following. Garibaldi protested vehemently against this annexation. The town of Nice is remarkable as the birthplace of Masséna, one of the most famous of Napoleon’s generals.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nice' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1486

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nice' in Written Corpus Frequency: #195

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nice' in Adjectives Frequency: #81

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nice in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of nice in a Sentence

  1. Game Lt. James Saunders:

    On a nice day.

  2. Barbara Bush:

    War is not nice.

  3. Harry Marra:

    It's a nice stat.

  4. Bob Slaughter:

    Nice try, thank you.

  5. Donald Trump:

    He was so nice to me.

Images & Illustrations of nice

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Translations for nice

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  • عَطِر, لطيف, عَطِرة, حسن, طيبة, طيبArabic
  • pěkný, příjemný, milý, krásný, hezký, pěkněCzech
  • pænDanish
  • hübsch, super, nett, freundlich, wunderbar, angenehm, toll, lieb, schön, geil, lecker, sympathischGerman
  • ωραίας, καλός, νόστιμοςGreek
  • simpático, bueno, agradable, bello, bonito, rico, lindo, amableSpanish
  • maitsev, meeldiv, kenaEstonian
  • atseginBasque
  • دلپذیر, ناز, پسندیده, خوشبو, خوشمزهPersian
  • mukavaFinnish
  • bon, belle, jolie, joli, bonne, beauFrench
  • deasIrish
  • laghach, snogScottish Gaelic
  • יפה, נעה, נחמד, נעימה, נחמדה, נעיםHebrew
  • अच्छाHindi
  • szép, kellemesHungarian
  • buono, gentile, bella, bello, buona, simpaticoItalian
  • 快い, 可愛いJapanese
  • 좋은Korean
  • lepidusLatin
  • aantrekkelijke, mooi, knappe, fijn, aangenaam, fijne, lekker, aangename, aantrekkelijk, mooie, lekkere, leuk, knap, netjes, goed zoDutch
  • pen, fin, hyggelig, sympatiskNorwegian
  • miły, przyjemnyPolish
  • bonito, agradável, bom, simpático, beleza, ótimoPortuguese
  • милый, приятный, симпатичный, тонкий, вкусный, хорошийRussian
  • krásny, pekný, príjemný, milýSlovak
  • fin, smaklig, vacker, läcker, vänlig, sympatisk, god, najs, snyggSwedish
  • nzuriSwahili
  • ఆకర్షణీయమైన, పసందైనTelugu
  • iyi, hoş, güzelTurkish
  • اچھاUrdu
  • 不错Chinese

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