Origin of courteous
Examples from the Web for courteous
He was courteous, explained the legitimate reason we were briefly pulled over, and then let us continue on our way.
Greetings were courteous and warm, requests were focused, translations were careful.
“He was gentle and courteous even though his love of the U.S. had faded over time,” said Bogucki.A Navy Lawyer Cries Foul on Gitmo’s Kafkaesque Legal System|Eleanor Clift|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the subway train in Japan, when people are not necessarily in a good mood, they will nevertheless be courteous.Vilified Bitcoin Tycoon After Losing $500 Million: My Life Is at Risk|Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even more striking are the courteous and collegial manners displayed, even during the arduous filibuster in the Senate.How a Dream Became a Law: Passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964|Wendy Smith|March 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But they were always extraordinarily polite and courteous to each other.At Suvla Bay|John Hargrave
All prejudices gave way before his uncommon intelligence, well-tried virtues, and courteous dignity of manner.The Freedmen's Book|Lydia Maria Child
With a courteous little gesture, Brenton interrupted her apology and half rose from his chair.The Brentons|Anna Chapin Ray
In the midst of the bitterness of party spirit and the violence of political animosity, she was mild and courteous to all.Alida|Amelia Stratton Comfield
Having nothing else to do, for some time, I quietly amused myself with observing my courteous neighbor.The American Gentleman's Guide to Politeness and Fashion|Henry Lunettes
British Dictionary definitions for courteous
Word Origin for courteous
Word Origin and History for courteous
mid-14c., earlier curteis (c.1300), from Old French curteis (Modern French courtois) "having courtly bearing or manners," from curt "court" (see court (n.)) + -eis, from Latin -ensis.
Rare before c.1500. In feudal society, also denoting a man of good education (hence the name Curtis). Medieval courts were associated with good behavior and also beauty; e.g. German hübsch "beautiful," from Middle High German hübesch "beautiful," originally "courteous, well-bred," from Old Franconian hofesch, from hof "court." Related: Courteously (mid-14c., kurteis-liche).