What does courtesy mean?

Definitions for courtesy
ˈkɜr tə si or, for 5 , ˈkɜrt sicour·tesy

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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


  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

  7. Origin: [See the preceding word.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Courtesy

    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. 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

How to pronounce courtesy?

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How to say courtesy in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of courtesy in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of courtesy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of courtesy in a Sentence

  1. Alfred Lord Tennyson:

    The greater man the greater courtesy.

  2. Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson:

    The greater person is one of courtesy.

  3. Jacques Maritain:

    Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.

  4. Bryant McGill:

    No one is more insufferable than he who lacks basic courtesy.

  5. Host Seth Meyerspreviously saidthat:

    We’re all here at the courtesy of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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