Definition of curtesy in English:

curtesy

Syllabification: cur·te·sy
Pronunciation: /ˈkərtəsē
 
/

noun (plural curtesies)

Law , • historical
  • A tenure by which a husband, after his wife’s death, held certain kinds of property that she had inherited.
    More example sentences
    • The wife's dower entitled her to one third of the husband's property on his death; curtesy, a similar right of the husband in the wife's property, accrued only if children had been born of the marriage.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmālˌsträm
noun
a powerful whirlpool in the sea