courteous

[ kur-tee-uhs ]
/ ˈkɜr ti əs /

adjective

having or showing good manners; polite.

Nearby words

  1. court, margaret smith,
  2. court-bouillon,
  3. court-leet,
  4. court-martial,
  5. courtelle,
  6. courteously,
  7. courtesan,
  8. courtesy,
  9. courtesy car,
  10. courtesy card

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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British Dictionary definitions for courteously

courteous

/ (ˈkɜːtɪəs) /

adjective

polite and considerate in manner
Derived Formscourteously, adverbcourteousness, noun

Word Origin for courteous

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

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