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courtesy title

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noun
  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.
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Origin of courtesy title

First recorded in 1860–65
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British Dictionary definitions for courtesy title

courtesy title

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