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courtesy title

noun

: 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

  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.

First Known Use of COURTESY TITLE

1865

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