Courteous meaning

kûrtē-əs
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.

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Characterized by gracious consideration toward others.
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Showing regard or thought for others; especially, displaying good manners or etiquette.

A courteous gentleman.

A courteous gesture.

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Polite and gracious; considerate toward others; well-mannered.
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Origin of courteous

  • Middle English corteis courtly from Old French from cort court court

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French curteis (French courtois), from cort (“court”), displaced native Old English hende (“courteous, gracious, friendly”).

    From Wiktionary