Origin of courteousMiddle English courteis from Old French corteis from court: see court and -eous
An example of courteous is someone letting a pregnant woman go ahead of them in line for the restroom.
Origin of courteousMiddle English corteis courtly from Old French from cort court ; see court .
(comparative more courteous, superlative most courteous)
From Old French curteis (French courtois), from cort (“court”), displaced native Old English hende (“courteous, gracious, friendly”).
- At best, Alex would be courteous to him.
- The courteous ideal of French chivalry, with its delectable language, was adopted by all seigniorial Europe, which thus became animated, as it were, by the life-blood of France.
- According to Strabo he was a courteous man and in many ways useful to the Jews.
- Panin was one of the most learned, accomplished and courteous Russians of his day.
- Ridiculous to describe the idle and courteous voluptuary as being a dark and designing scoundrel, capable of murder if it would serve his ambition.