courtesy title

  1. a title applied or assumed through custom, courtesy, or association and without regard for its being officially merited.

  2. a title allowed by custom, as to the children of dukes.

Origin of courtesy title

First recorded in 1860–65

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British Dictionary definitions for courtesy title

courtesy title

  1. any of several titles having no legal significance, such as those borne by the children of peers

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