Definitions for Courtesyˈkɜr tə si or, for 5 , ˈkɜrt si

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cour•te•syˈkɜr tə si or, for 5 , ˈkɜrt si(n.)(pl.)-sies.

  1. excellence of manners or social conduct; polite behavior.

  2. a courteous, respectful, or considerate act or expression.

  3. indulgence, consent, or acquiescence:

    a “colonel” by courtesy rather than by right.

  4. favor, help, or generosity:

    The actors appeared by courtesy of their union.

  5. a curtsy.

Origin of courtesy:

1175–1225; ME curteisie < AF, OF; see courteous , -y3

Princeton's WordNet

  1. courtesy(noun)

    a courteous or respectful or considerate act

  2. courtesy(noun)

    a courteous or respectful or considerate remark

  3. courtesy, good manners(noun)

    a courteous manner

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. courtesy(noun)ˈkɜr tə si or, for 5, ˈkɜrt si

    courteous behavior

    He had the courtesy to wait.; a free service, offered as a courtesy to our customers

  2. courtesyˈkɜr tə si or, for 5, ˈkɜrt si

    polite behavior that people expect

    It's common courtesy to call before you visit someone.

  3. courtesyˈkɜr tə si or, for 5, ˈkɜrt si

    indicates who has provided sth

    Brochures provided courtesy of Roundhouse Printing.


  1. courtesy(Noun)

    Polite behavior.

    Please extend them the courtesy of your presence.

  2. courtesy(Noun)

    A polite gesture or remark.

    I offered them a ride simply as a courtesy.

  3. courtesy(Noun)

    Consent or agreement in spite of fact; indulgence.

    They call this pond a lake by courtesy only.

  4. courtesy(Noun)

    Willingness or generosity in providing something needed.

    They received free advertising through the courtesy of the local newspaper.

  5. courtesy(Adjective)

    Given or done as a polite gesture.

    We paid a courtesy visit to the new neighbors.

  6. courtesy(Adjective)

    Free of charge.

    The event planners offered courtesy tickets for the reporters.

  7. Origin: From curtesie, from curtesie, from curteis, from cortois, from cortensis. \

Webster Dictionary

  1. Courtesy(noun)

    politeness; civility; urbanity; courtliness

  2. Courtesy(noun)

    an act of civility or respect; an act of kindness or favor performed with politeness

  3. Courtesy(noun)

    favor or indulgence, as distinguished from right; as, a title given one by courtesy

  4. Courtesy(noun)

    an act of civility, respect, or reverence, made by women, consisting of a slight depression or dropping of the body, with bending of the knees

  5. Courtesy(verb)

    to make a respectful salutation or movement of respect; esp. (with reference to women), to bow the body slightly, with bending of the knes

  6. Courtesy(verb)

    to treat with civility

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. courtesy

    1. The court clothes of any two-legged predatory animal. 2. The oil that makes a juggernaut noiseless.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Courtesy' in Nouns Frequency: #2833

Translations for Courtesy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


politeness; considerate and respectful behaviour

Everyone appreciates courtesy.

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