What does nice mean?

Definitions for nice

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word nice.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Niceadjective

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

  2. niceadjective

    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, niceadjective

    socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous

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

  4. nice, skillfuladjective

    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, squeamishadjective

    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, niceadjective

    exhibiting courtesy and politeness

    "a nice gesture"


  1. Niceadjective

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

  2. Niceadjective

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


  1. niceadverb


  2. niceadjective

    Silly, ignorant; foolish.

  3. niceadjective

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

  4. niceadjective

    Particular as regards rules or qualities; strict.

  5. niceadjective

    Showing or requiring great precision or sensitive discernment; subtle.

  6. niceadjective

    Doubtful, as to the outcome; risky.

  7. niceadjective

    Respectable; virtuous.

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

  8. niceadjective

    Pleasant, satisfactory.

  9. niceadjective

    Of a person: friendly, attractive.

  10. niceadjective

    With "and", having intensive effect: extremely.

    The soup is nice and hot.

  11. niceinterjection

    Used to signify a job well done.

    Nice! I couldn't have done better.

  12. Nicenoun

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

  13. Nicenoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NICEadjective

    Etymology: nese , Saxon, soft.

    Such a man was Argalus, as hardly the nicest eye can find a spot in. Philip Sidney.

    He that stands upon a slipp’ry place,
    Makes nice of no vile hold to stay him up. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    Nor be so nice in taste myself to know,
    If what I swallow be a thrush or no. John Dryden, Persius.

    Thus critics, of less judgment than caprice,
    Curious, not knowing, not exact, but nice,
    Form short ideas, and offend in arts,
    As most in manners, by a love to parts. Alexander Pope, on Crit.

    Our author, happy in a judge so nice,
    Produc’d his play, and begg’d the knight’s advice. Alexander Pope.

    The letter was not nice, but full of charge
    Of dear import. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    Dear love! continue nice and chaste;
    For if you yield, you do me wrong;
    Let duller wits to love’s end haste,
    I have enough to woo thee long. John Donne.

    Of honour men at first like women nice,
    Raise maiden scruples at unpractis’d vice. E. Hallifax.

    Having been compiled by Gratian, in an ignorant age, we ought not to be too nice in examining it. Thomas Baker.

    God hath here
    Varied his bounty so with new delights,
    As may compare with heaven; and to taste,
    Think not I shall be nice. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    With how much ease is a young muse betray’d?
    How nice the reputation of the maid? Wentworth Dillon.

    Indulge me but in love, my other passions
    Shall rise and fall by virtue’s nicest rules. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Supposing an injury done, it is a nice point to proportion the reparation to the degree of the indignity. Roger L'Estrange.

    My progress in making this nice and troublesome experiment, I have set down more at large. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    A nice and subtile happiness I see
    Thou to thyself proposest, in the choice
    Of thy associates, Adam; and wilt taste
    No pleasure, tho’ in pleasure solitary. John Milton, P. Lost.

    When my hours
    Were nice and lucky, men did ransom lives
    Of me for jests. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.


  1. nice

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department of Health and Social Care in England that publishes guidelines in four areas: the use of health technologies within England's National Health Service (NHS) and NHS Wales (such as the use of new and existing medicines, treatments and procedures) clinical practice (guidance on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions) guidance for public sector workers on health promotion and ill-health avoidance guidance for social care services and users.These appraisals are based primarily on evidence-based evaluations of efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness in various circumstances. It serves both the English NHS and the Welsh NHS. It was set up as the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in 1999, and on 1 April 2005 joined with the Health Development Agency to become the new National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (still abbreviated as NICE). Following the Health and Social Care Act 2012, NICE was renamed the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on 1 April 2013 reflecting its new responsibilities for social care, and changed from a special health authority to an executive non-departmental public body (NDPB). NICE was established in an attempt to end the so-called postcode lottery of healthcare in England and Wales, where availability of treatments depended on the NHS Health Authority area in which the patient happened to live, but it has since acquired a high reputation internationally as a role model for the development of clinical guidelines. One aspect of this is the explicit determination of cost–benefit boundaries for certain technologies that it assesses. NICE also plays an important role in pioneering technology assessment in other healthcare systems through NICE International, established in May 2008 to help cultivate links with foreign governments. NICE International has received financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation.


  1. nice

    Nice is an adjective used to describe something or someone that is pleasant, agreeable, friendly, kind, or enjoyable to be around. It is often used to express approval or admiration for someone's behavior, manners, or actions.

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. Etymology: [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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. NICE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Nice is ranked #9090 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Nice surname appeared 3,595 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Nice.

    93.6% or 3,366 total occurrences were White.
    2.5% or 91 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 57 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 51 total occurrences were Black.
    0.6% or 22 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.2% or 8 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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. Ryan Weathers:

    Obviously that's a game-changer, it's nice getting an out any way you can and an out like that is pretty cool. I was backing up so I got to see the whole thing happen.

  2. Mustafa Alani:

    Their experience of six years from Obama is assurances, promises, nice words. But at the end of the day they got nothing in their hands.

  3. Bill Cooke:

    This is going to be an all or nothing event. If the debris from SW3 was traveling more than 220 miles per hour when it separated from the comet, we might see a nice meteor shower. If the debris had slower ejection speeds, then nothing will make it to Earth and there will be no meteors from this comet.

  4. Johannes Wieland:

    There is more remote work where the weather is nice, when you're not tied to a location because of your job, you can choose where you want to be. Many of these places... are attractive to people who can move to a place for lifestyle and not for work.

  5. Senator Wicker:

    Some GOP senators're going to go from a nice, stately left wing liberal to someone who's probably more in the style of Sonia Sotomayor, i hope it's not someone like Sonia Sotomayor, who went for a hearing about the virus and start spouting off facts, which just two minutes later fact checkers all over the world were giving Sonia Sotomayor' Four Pinocchios' zone. I hope it's at least someone who will at least not misrepresent the facts. I think they will misinterpret the law.

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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
  • belaEsperanto
  • 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, 良い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
  • ดีThai
  • iyi, hoş, güzelTurkish
  • اچھاUrdu
  • đẹpVietnamese
  • 不错Chinese

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