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Definitions of courtesy

  1. To make such a gesture. Also, curtsey, curtsy. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. To make a courtesy:-pr.p. courtesying; pa.p. courtesied. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. To perform an act of respect, &c., as a woman. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  4. a courteous or respectful or considerate act Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. Politeness; civility; urbanity; courtliness. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. An act of civility or respect; an act of kindness or favor performed with politeness. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. Favor or indulgence, as distinguished from right; as, a title given one by courtesy. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. An act of civility, respect, or reverence, made by women, consisting of a slight depression or dropping of the body, with bending of the knees. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. To make a respectful salutation or movement of respect; esp. (with reference to women), to bow the body slightly, with bending of the knes. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. To treat with civility. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. A gesture of greeting or respect. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Courtliness: elegance of manner: an act of civility or respect. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. The gesture of salutation or respect performed by women by slightly depressing the body and bending the knees. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. A gesture of salutation made by women. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. Elegance or politeness of manner; civility. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. An old-time gesture of civility or respect, somewhat resembling a bow, made by women; a curtsy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Genuine politeness; courtliness; a courteous favor or act. curtesy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Politeness of manners, especially accompanied with kindness and some degree of dignity; an act of civility or respect; an act of kindness done with politeness; a favour. Tenure by courtesy, or curtesy, where a man who has married a woman seized of an estate of inheritance, and has by her issue born alive which was capable of inheriting her estate, on the death of his wife holds the lands for his life. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. The act of salutation or respect on the part of a lady by slightly bending the body and the knees. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. Politeness of manners combined with kindness; civility; an act of civility or respect; favour not by right. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. An act of respect or reverence paid by a woman. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for courtesy

  1. As for Madame Putiphar- she made herself quite at home at the Mirotaines', and, after making a courtesy she lost no time in asking: " Haven't they come yet?" – San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams by Charles Paul de Kock
  2. The ship's bunkers were refilled with coal, a proceeding which barred the Alabama from again receiving the same courtesy in any British port for three months. – Cruise and Captures of the Alabama by Albert M. Goodrich
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