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courtesy title

noun

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of courtesy title

  1. 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. 2 :  a title (as “Professor” for any teacher) taken by the user and commonly accepted without consideration of official right

Examples of courtesy title in a sentence

  1. the courtesy titles Mr., Mrs., Ms., Dr., etc.

  2. As a child, he was taught to address his elders with the courtesy titles sir and ma'am.



1865

First Known Use of courtesy title

1865


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