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curtsy

noun curt·sy

Simple Definition of curtsy

  • : a formal way of greeting an important person (such as a king or queen) in which a woman shows respect by placing one foot slightly behind the other and bending her knees

Full Definition of curtsy

plural curtsies also curtseys

  1. :  an act of civility, respect, or reverence made mainly by women and consisting of a slight lowering of the body with bending of the knees

1533

First Known Use of curtsy

1533

Variants of curtsy

also curt·sey

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curtsy

verb curt·sy \ˈkərt-sē\

Definition of curtsy

curt·sied also curt·seyedcurt·sy·ing also curt·sey·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make a curtsy



Variants of curtsy

also curtsey \ˈkərt-sē\

Origin of curtsy

alteration of courtesy


First Known Use: circa 1553



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