curtesy

noun
cur·​te·​sy | \ ˈkər-tə-sē How to pronounce curtesy (audio) \
plural curtesies

Definition of curtesy

: a husband's interest upon the death of his wife in the real property of an estate that she either solely owned or inherited provided they bore a child capable of inheriting the estate — compare dower

Examples of curtesy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her swoon-worthy jewels were curtesy of Tiffany's, and included 1.5 million dollar earrings, and a necklace that had no less than 120 diamonds. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, 1 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of curtesy

1523, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for curtesy

Middle English corteisie courtesy

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“Curtesy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curtesy. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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curtesy

noun
cur·​te·​sy | \ ˈkər-tə-sē How to pronounce curtesy (audio) \
plural curtesies

Legal Definition of curtesy

: a husband's interest at common law in a life estate upon the death of his wife in the real property that she either solely owned or inherited provided that they bore a child capable of inheriting the property — compare dower, elective share

History and Etymology for curtesy

Anglo-French curteisie, literally, favor, courtesy, originally in the phrase par la corteysie de Engleterre (tenancy) by courtesy of (the law of) England (as opposed to natural right)

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