courtesy title

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

:  a title (as Lord added to the Christian name of a peer's younger son) used in addressing certain lineal relatives of British peers
:  a title (as Professor for any teacher) taken by the user and commonly accepted without consideration of official right


  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.

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