courtesy[kʉrt′ə sē; for 4, kʉrt′sē]
- The definition of courtesy is polite behavior and the showing of proper manners or is a polite and socially proper act.
- An example of courtesy is when you shake hands politely when you meet someone and say please and thank you.
- An example of a courtesy is the practice of saying thank you.
- courteous behavior; gracious politeness
- a polite, helpful, or considerate act or remark
- an act or usage intended to honor or compliment: a former legislator addressed as “Senator” by courtesy
- Obsolete a curtsy
Origin of courtesyMiddle English courteisie ; from Old French curteisie: see courteous
- of or having to do with courtesy or a courtesy
- provided free as a courtesy; complimentary
- a. Polite behavior.b. A polite gesture or remark.
- a. Consent or agreement in spite of fact; indulgence: They call this pond a lake by courtesy only.b. Willingness or generosity in providing something needed: free advertising through the courtesy of the local newspaper.
- Given or done as a polite gesture: paid a courtesy visit to the new neighbors.
- Free of charge: courtesy tickets for the reporters.
Origin of courtesyMiddle English courtesie, from Old French, from corteis, courtly; see courteous.
(countable and uncountable, plural courtesies)
- (uncountable) Polite behavior.
- Please extend them the courtesy of your presence.
- (countable) A polite gesture or remark.
- I offered them a ride simply as a courtesy.
- (uncountable) Consent or agreement in spite of fact; indulgence.
- They call this pond a lake by courtesy only.
- (uncountable) Willingness or generosity in providing something needed.
- They received free advertising through the courtesy of the local newspaper.
- A curtsey.
(third-person singular simple present courtesies, present participle courtesying, simple past and past participle courtesied)
- Alternative form of curtsey.
courtesy (no comparative or superlative; used only before the noun)
From Middle English curtesie, from Anglo-Norman curtesie, from Old French curteisie, cortoisie.