Definition of courteous in English:

courteous

Syllabification: cour·te·ous
Pronunciation: /ˈkərtēəs
 
/

adjective

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.

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.

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