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curtsy

noun curt·sy \ ˈkərt-sē \
variants: or less commonly curtsey

Definition of curtsy

plural curtsies also curtseys
: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

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First Known Use of curtsy

1533


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curtsy

verb
variants: or less commonly curtsey

Definition of curtsy

curtsied also curtseyed; curtsying also curtseying
intransitive verb
:to make a curtsy

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Origin and Etymology of curtsy

alteration of courtesy


CURTSY Defined for English Language Learners

curtsy

noun

Definition of curtsy for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CURTSY Defined for Kids

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curtsy

verb curt·sy
variants: also curtsey \ˈkərt-sē\

Definition of curtsy for Students

curtsied also curtseyed; curtsying also curtseying
:to lower the body slightly by bending the knees as an act of politeness or respect

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curtsy

noun
variants: also curtsey

Definition of curtsy for Students

plural curtsies also curtseys
: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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