Courtesy title
Courtesy Cour"te*sy (k?r"t?-s?), n.; pl. {Courtesies} (-s?z). [OE. cortaisie, corteisie, courtesie, OF. curteisie, cortoisie, OF. curteisie, cortoisie, F. courtoisie, fr. curteis, corteis. See {Courteous}.] 1. Politeness; civility; urbanity; courtliness. [1913 Webster]

And trust thy honest-offered courtesy, With oft is sooner found in lowly sheds, With smoky rafters, than in tapestry walls And courts of princes, where it first was named, And yet is most pretended. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Pardon me, Messer Claudio, if once more I use the ancient courtesies of speech. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. An act of civility or respect; an act of kindness or favor performed with politeness. [1913 Webster]

My lord, for your many courtesies I thank you. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Favor or indulgence, as distinguished from right; as, a title given one by courtesy. [1913 Webster]

{Courtesy title}, a title assumed by a person, or popularly conceded to him, to which he has no valid claim; as, the courtesy title of Lord prefixed to the names of the younger sons of noblemen.

Syn: Politeness; urbanity; civility; complaisance; affability; courteousness; elegance; refinement; courtliness; good breeding. See {Politeness}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Courtesy title — The courtesy title, one step below that of the actual rank of an heir. For example, a duke s first son could style himself earl , unless the family actually possessed other titles, in which case he would use the lesser titles as his own …   Medieval glossary

  • 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. [1860 65] * * * …   Universalium

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  • Courtesy — Cour te*sy (k?r t? s?), n.; pl. {Courtesies} ( s?z). [OE. cortaisie, corteisie, courtesie, OF. curteisie, cortoisie, OF. curteisie, cortoisie, F. courtoisie, fr. curteis, corteis. See {Courteous}.] 1. Politeness; civility; urbanity; courtliness.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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