Simple Definition of courtesy title
: a polite and formal word that is used in place of someone's name or as part of someone's name
Full Definition of courtesy title
1 : a title (as “Lord” added to the Christian name of a peer's younger son) used in addressing certain lineal relatives of British peers
2 : a title (as “Professor” for any teacher) taken by the user and commonly accepted without consideration of official right
Examples of courtesy title
the courtesy titles “Mr.,” “Mrs.,” “Ms.,” “Dr.,” etc.
As a child, he was taught to address his elders with the courtesy titles “sir” and “ma'am.”
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