- The definition of courteous is a polite and considerate person.
An example of courteous is someone letting a pregnant woman go ahead of them in line for the restroom.
courteous definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English courteis ; from Old French corteis ; from court: see court and amp; -eous
courteous definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English corteis, courtly, from Old French, from cort, court; see court.
- courˈte·ous·ly adverb
- courˈte·ous·ness noun