Definitions of courtesy

  1. To make such a gesture. Also, curtsey, curtsy.
  2. To make a courtesy:- pr. p. courtesying; pa. p. courtesied.
  3. To perform an act of respect, & c., as a woman.
  4. a courteous or respectful or considerate act
  5. Politeness; civility; urbanity; courtliness.
  6. An act of civility or respect; an act of kindness or favor performed with politeness.
  7. Favor or indulgence, as distinguished from right; as, a title given one by courtesy.
  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.
  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.
  10. To treat with civility.
  11. A gesture of greeting or respect.
  12. Courtliness: elegance of manner: an act of civility or respect.
  13. The gesture of salutation or respect performed by women by slightly depressing the body and bending the knees.
  14. A gesture of salutation made by women.
  15. Elegance or politeness of manner; civility.
  16. An old- time gesture of civility or respect, somewhat resembling a bow, made by women; a curtsy.
  17. Genuine politeness; courtliness; a courteous favor or act. curtesy.
  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.
  19. The act of salutation or respect on the part of a lady by slightly bending the body and the knees.
  20. Politeness of manners combined with kindness; civility; an act of civility or respect; favour not by right.
  21. An act of respect or reverence paid by a woman.