The comedy of manners is performed by a cast of French high-society characters.
He is also a skillful satirist, often playing himself—a character in his own comedy of manners.
He is well received everywhere for his manners are good and agreeable.
He will take over with a staff overjoyed by his commitment and his manners.
Her voice is deep and soft, her manners impeccably ladylike (I covered her when she was labor secretary).
In part this antagonism of classes is merely the result of difference in manners.
She has the fascination of great pride and the magic of manners.
This applies, not only to morals, but to the minor morals—the manners.
This was not altogether because of her mother's romantic past, but because of her own manners and clothes.
Not that these kings could have had anything to do with the manners or the changes of the City.
"external behavior (especially polite behavior) in social intercourse," late 14c., plural of manner.
Under bad manners, as under graver faults, lies very commonly an overestimate of our special individuality, as distinguished from our generic humanity. [Oliver W. Holmes, "The Professor at the Breakfast Table," 1858]Earlier it meant "moral character" (early 13c.).
c.1200, "kind, sort, variety," from Anglo-French manere, Old French maniere "fashion, method, manner, way; appearance, bearing; custom" (12c., Modern French manière), from Vulgar Latin *manaria (source of Spanish manera, Portuguese maneira, Italian maniera), from fem. of Latin manuarius "belonging to the hand," from manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)). The French word was borrowed by other Germanic languages, e.g. Dutch manier, German manier, Swedish maner.
Meaning "customary practice" is from c.1300. Senses of "way of doing something; a personal habit or way of doing; way of conducting oneself toward others" are from c.1300. Meaning "specific nature, form, way something happens" is mid-14c. Of literature from 1660s. Most figurative meanings derive from the original sense "method of handling" which was extended when the word was used to translate Latin modus "method." Phrase manner of speaking is recorded from 1530s. To the manner born ("Hamlet" I iv.15) generally is used incorrectly and means "destined by birth to be subject to the custom."