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1curtsy

noun curt·sy

: 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

plural curtsies also curtseys

Full Definition of CURTSY

:  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

Variants of CURTSY

curt·sy also curt·sey
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First Known Use of CURTSY

1533

2curtsy

verb \ˈkərt-sē\
curt·sied also curt·seyedcurt·sy·ing also curt·sey·ing

Definition of CURTSY

intransitive verb
:  to make a curtsy

Variants of CURTSY

curtsy also curtsey \ˈkərt-sē\

Origin of CURTSY

alteration of courtesy
First Known Use: circa 1553
CURTSY Defined for Kids

1curtsy

verb curt·sy \ˈkərt-sē\
curt·sied also curt·seyedcurt·sy·ing also curt·sey·ing

Definition of CURTSY for Kids

:  to lower the body slightly by bending the knees as an act of politeness or respect

Variants of CURTSY

curt·sy also curt·sey \ˈkərt-sē\

2curtsy

noun
plural curtsies also curtseys

Definition of CURTSY for Kids

:  an act of politeness or respect made by women and consisting of a slight lowering of the body by bending the knees

Variants of CURTSY

curtsy also curtsey

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