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courteous

[kur-tee-uhs]
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  1. having or showing good manners; polite.
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Origin of courteous

1225–75; court + -eous; replacing Middle English co(u)rteis < Anglo-French; see court, -ese
Related formscour·te·ous·ly, adverbcour·te·ous·ness, nouno·ver·cour·te·ous, adjectiveo·ver·cour·te·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·cour·te·ous·ness, nounpseu·do·cour·te·ous, adjectivepseu·do·cour·te·ous·ly, adverbqua·si-cour·te·ous, adjectivequa·si-cour·te·ous·ly, adverb

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courteous

adjective
  1. polite and considerate in manner
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Derived Formscourteously, adverbcourteousness, noun

Word Origin for courteous

C13 corteis, literally: with courtly manners, from Old French; see court
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Word Origin and History for courteous

adj.

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).

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