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