Definition of courteous in English:

courteous

Line breaks: cour|te¦ous
Pronunciation: /ˈkəːtjəs
 
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adjective

Polite, respectful, or considerate in manner: she was courteous and obliging to all a courteous young man
More example sentences
  • But you can at least be polite, courteous and respect the fact that your views are very different to theirs.
  • Andrew was a very gentle, courteous man with huge respect for everyone he worked with.
  • They were respectful and courteous and asked my father's permission to speak to him alone.
Synonyms
polite, well mannered, civil, respectful, deferential, well behaved, well bred; gentlemanly, chivalrous, gallant; ladylike, genteel; cultivated, gracious, obliging, kind, considerate, pleasant, cordial, genial, affable, thoughtful, urbane, well brought up, well spoken; formal, proper, polished, refined, decorous, courtly, civilized, tactful, discreet, diplomatic
British informal decent
dated mannerly

Origin

Middle English (meaning 'having manners fit for a royal court'): from Old French corteis, based on Latin cohors 'yard, retinue' (see court). The change in the ending in the 16th century was due to association with words ending in -eous.

Derivatives

courteously

adverb
More example sentences
  • Remember always that your obligation is to encourage students to behave civilly and courteously.
  • All visitors were treated courteously by the polite volunteers, and tea and meals were served to one and all.
  • The sole woman inside washing hands at the sink politely and courteously showed me out.

courteousness

noun
More example sentences
  • I enjoyed their hospitality, and Arab courteousness, and learnt a respect for Muslim culture and Islam.
  • But that day, despite her bleak mood, her courteousness was unfailing.
  • Here is a a more leisured pace of life and courteousness that are only a memory in the frantic bustle of Kuala Lumpur.

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