courteous

[ kur-tee-uhs ]
/ ˈkɜr ti əs /

adjective

having or showing good manners; polite.

Origin of courteous

1225–75; court + -eous; replacing Middle English co(u)rteis < Anglo-French; see court, -ese

Related forms

Synonym study

See civil.
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courteous

/ (ˈkɜːtɪəs) /

adjective

polite and considerate in manner

Derived Forms

courteously, adverbcourteousness, noun

Word Origin for courteous

C13 corteis, literally: with courtly manners, from Old French; see court
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