Middle English: from Old French cortesie, from corteis (see courteous)
...a gentleman who behaves with the utmost courtesy towards ladies...
He did not even have the courtesy to reply to my fax.
By extending the courtesy of a phone call to my clients, I was building a personal relationship with them...
At least if they're arguing, they're doing you the courtesy of being interested.
Hugh and John were exchanging faintly barbed courtesies.
A courtesy shuttle bus operates between the hotel and the town.
...a courtesy phone.
The President paid a courtesy call on Emperor Akihito.
Both were accorded the courtesy title of Lady...
My title, by courtesy only, is the Honourable Amalia Lovell.
The waitress brings over some congratulatory glasses of champagne, courtesy of the restaurant...
Illustrations by courtesy of the National Gallery.
The air was fresh, courtesy of three holes in the roof...
As millions will have seen, by courtesy of the slow motion re-runs, the referee made a mistake.