, 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.

(Courte"sy) n. [See the preceding word.] 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. [Written also curtsy.]

The lady drops a courtesy in token of obedience, and the ceremony proceeds as usual.

(Courte"sy), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Courtesied (-sid); p. pr. & vb. n. Courtesying.] To make a respectful salutation or movement of respect; esp. (with reference to women), to bow the body slightly, with bending of the knes.

(Courte"sy), v. t. To treat with civility. [Obs.]

(Court"house`) n.

1. A house in which established courts are held, or a house appropriated to courts and public meetings. [U.S.]

2. A county town; — so called in Virginia and some others of the Southern States.

Providence, the county town of Fairfax, is unknown by that name, and passes as Fairfax Court House.

(Court"ier) n. [From Court.]

1. One who is in attendance at the court of a prince; one who has an appointment at court.

You know I am no courtier, nor versed in state affairs.

This courtier got a frigate, and that a company.

2. One who courts or solicits favor; one who flatters.

There was not among all our princes a greater courtier of the people than Richard III.

(Court"ier*y) n. The manners of a courtier; courtliness. [Obs.] B. Jonson.

(Court"-leet`) n. (Eng. Law) A court of record held once a year, in a particular hundred, lordship, or manor, before the steward of the leet. Blackstone.

(Court"like`) a. After the manner of a court; elegant; polite; courtly.

(Court"li*ness) n. [From Courtly.] The quality of being courtly; elegance or dignity of manners.

(Court"ling) n. [Court + -ling.] A sycophantic courtier. B. Jonson.

(Court"ly) a. [From Court.]

1. Relating or belonging to a court.

2. Elegant; polite; courtlike; flattering.

In courtly company or at my beads.

Courtesy title

  By PanEris using Melati.

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