- a title applied or assumed through custom, courtesy, or association and without regard for its being officially merited.
- a title allowed by custom, as to the children of dukes.
Origin of courtesy title
First recorded in 1860–65
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- any of several titles having no legal significance, such as those borne by the children of peers