Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a courteous or respectful or considerate act
  2. (noun, attribute) a courteous manner
  3. (noun, communication) a courteous or respectful or considerate remark

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Courtesy

good manners

Antonyms of Courtesy


Origin of the word Courtesy

  1. early 13c., from O.Fr. curtesie, from curteis "courteous," from curt "court" (see court). A specialized sense of curtesie is the source of English curtsy. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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