- 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.
courtesy definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English courteisie ; from Old French curteisie: see courteous
- of or having to do with courtesy or a courtesy
- provided free as a courtesy; complimentary
courtesy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. cour·te·sies
- 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: Middle English courtesie, from Old French, from corteis, courtly; see courteous.
courtesy - Phrases/Idioms