curtsy

noun
curt·​sy | \ ˈkərt-sē How to pronounce curtsy (audio) \
variants: or less commonly curtsey
plural curtsies also curtseys

Definition of curtsy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

curtsy

verb
variants: or less commonly curtsey
curtsied also curtseyed; curtsying also curtseying

Definition of curtsy (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a curtsy

Examples of curtsy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After dipping into a curtsy to greet him, the Spice Girls member had a chat with the royal. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 5 May 2022 In ballet parlance, the term refers to a bow or curtsy performed at the end of class to acknowledge the teacher and accompanist, or at the conclusion of a performance to recognize the audience. Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2020 And Fergie has made her respect for the monarch known: she has been known to do a deep curtsy upon the Queen's arrival at events like Royal Ascot. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 16 Aug. 2021 For men, that could be a gentle dip of the head, while women can opt for a small curtsy. Natasha Bertrand, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 This comes on the heels of her high-profile thumbs-down vote on a minimum-wage vote, along with a curtsy. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 16 June 2021 Fortunately, Meghan got a crash course from Harry and Fergie, and made it through the curtsy. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 8 Mar. 2021 Enter Ego Nwodim offering her services with a curtsy to Page. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2021 Charlotte, in particular, made headlines for adorably accepting bouquets of flowers, hugging a woman in a wheelchair, and pulling off a perfect curtsy to her great-grandmother the Queen. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 29 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When the royal family gathers together, the duchesses are also technically supposed to curtsy to royal princesses from birth, such as Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie. Phil Boucher, PEOPLE.com, 17 Dec. 2021 The dance floor was one place where people were allowed to touch, and choreographer Jack Murphy was able to work with the actors on all the movements, right down to instructing the ladies how to curtsy to the Queen. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 30 Mar. 2022 When this happens, all the other female members of the royal family will have to curtsy to them, regardless of whether they were born into the royal family or not. Phil Boucher, PEOPLE.com, 17 Dec. 2021 Meghan couldn't curtsy backwards across the moat fast enough. Raven Smith, Vogue, 20 Aug. 2020 Later on in the morning she was spotted curtsying as her great-grandmother passed by. Natasha Reda, Glamour, 25 Dec. 2019 After church, Princess Charlotte made quite the adorable attempt to curtsy on the steps as her great-grandmother, the Queen, drove by. Vogue, 25 Dec. 2019 Speaking of curtsies, were curtsies in the 1920s different from the way people curtsy now? Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 21 Sep. 2019 Upon greeting the Queen, Kate leaned in to give her a kiss on the cheek and then curtsied (see pictures of the cheek kiss and curtsy here). Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 25 May 2019 See More

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First Known Use of curtsy

Noun

1533, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1553, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for curtsy

Verb

alteration of courtesy

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10 May 2022

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“Curtsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curtsy. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for curtsy

curtsy

verb
curt·​sy
variants: also curtsey \ ˈkərt-​sē \
curtsied also curtseyed; curtsying also curtseying

Kids Definition of curtsy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

curtsy

noun
variants: also curtsey
plural curtsies also curtseys

Kids Definition of curtsy (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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