[kur-tuh-see or for 5, kurt-see]
- excellence of manners or social conduct; polite behavior.
- a courteous, respectful, or considerate act or expression.
- indulgence, consent, or acquiescence: a “colonel” by courtesy rather than by right.
- favor, help, or generosity: The costumes for the play were by courtesy of the local department store.
- a curtsy.
- done or performed as a matter of courtesy or protocol: a courtesy call on the mayor.
- offered or provided free by courtesy of the management: While waiting to board the airplane, we were provided with courtesy coffee.
Origin of courtesy
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1. courteousness, civility, urbanity.
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Examples from the Web for courtesies
But we felt that we were returning like detected impostors, and we had no heart for their courtesies.In the Valley
I had no stomach for the courtesies that were meant for such a man as I was not.The Shame of Motley
Out I went in a fusillade of courtesies and sought a chauffeur.
Your courtesies to me have been the measure of your bad luck for many a day.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II.
Charles James Lever
Courtesies at this time were showered upon Lady George from all sides.Is He Popenjoy?
C13 curteisie, from Old French, from corteis courteous
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Word Origin and History for courtesies
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