Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: corteisie, from corteis; COURTEOUS


1 noun
cour‧te‧sy1 plural courtesies
1 [uncountable] polite behaviour and respect for other people [= politeness; ≠ discourtesy]:
It's a matter of common courtesy to acknowledge letters.
have the courtesy to do something
He didn't even have the courtesy to call and say he couldn't come.
2 [countable] something you do or say to be polite:
The two men exchanged courtesies before getting down to business.

(by) courtesy of somebody

by someone's permission or kindness, rather than by paying them:
photographs supplied courtesy of Blenheim Palace

(by) courtesy of something

if one thing happens courtesy of another, the second thing caused the first:
Healy received a deep cut on his left hand, courtesy of Nicol's ice skate.

do somebody the courtesy of doing something

to be polite enough to do something for someone:
At least do me the courtesy of telling the truth.

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