a courteous or respectful or considerate act
a courteous or respectful or considerate remark
courtesy, good manners(noun)
a courteous manner
Please extend them the courtesy of your presence.
A polite gesture or remark.
I offered them a ride simply as a courtesy.
Consent or agreement in spite of fact; indulgence.
They call this pond a lake by courtesy only.
Willingness or generosity in providing something needed.
They received free advertising through the courtesy of the local newspaper.
Given or done as a polite gesture.
We paid a courtesy visit to the new neighbors.
Free of charge.
The event planners offered courtesy tickets for the reporters.
Origin: From curtesie, from curtesie, from curteis, from cortois, from cortensis. \
politeness; civility; urbanity; courtliness
an act of civility or respect; an act of kindness or favor performed with politeness
favor or indulgence, as distinguished from right; as, a title given one by courtesy
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
to make a respectful salutation or movement of respect; esp. (with reference to women), to bow the body slightly, with bending of the knes
to treat with civility
Origin: [See the preceding word.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kort′e-si, or kurt′e-si, n. courtliness: elegance of manner: an act of civility or respect: a curtsy: (law) the life interest which the surviving husband has in the real or heritable estate of his wife.—v.i. to make a curtsy.—pr.p. court′esying; pa.p. court′esied.—n.pl. Court′esy-tī′tles, titles really invalid, but allowed by the usage of society—as to children of peers. [O. Fr. courtoisie.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
1. The court clothes of any two-legged predatory animal. 2. The oil that makes a juggernaut noiseless.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'Courtesy' in Nouns Frequency: #2833
The numerical value of Courtesy in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of Courtesy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.
Do thou restrain the haughty spirit in thy breast, for better far is gentle courtesy.
There is a courtesy of the heart it is allied to love. From it springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.
There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.
I support Governor Haley's call to remove the Confederate soldier's flag from State House grounds as a visible statement of courtesy and good will to all those who may be offended by it.
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Translations for Courtesy
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- учтивост, снизхождение, вежливостBulgarian
- de cortesía, cortesíaSpanish
- politesse, courtoisie, indulgenceFrench
- modhScottish Gaelic
- 愛想, 礼儀Japanese
- 예의, 禮儀Korean
- найрсаг занMongolian
- hoffelijkheid, beleefdheidDutch
- cortesia, grátis, [[de]] [[cortesia]], indulgênciaPortuguese
- вежливость, снисхождение, бесплатный, учтивость, обходительностьRussian
- hövlighets-, hövlighetSwedish
- lịch sự, nhã nhặnVietnamese
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