courtesy etymology

English word courtesy comes from Old French cortois (Noble, upper-class. Polite, well-mannered.), Proto-Indo-European *sker-, Proto-Italic *kortos

Detailed word origin of courtesy

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
cortois Old French (fro) Noble, upper-class. Polite, well-mannered.
*sker- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) cut, to turn, bend, to bend, turn, shear, to twist, bend, dung, manure
*kortos Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
cortoisie Old French (fro) Chivalry; bravery; valour.
curta Latin (lat)
cort Old French (fro) Court (of a monarch).
curtesie Anglo-Norman (xno)
curtesie Middle English (enm) Honor; valor; nobleness.
courtesy English (eng) Free of charge.. Given or done as a polite gesture. (countable) A polite gesture or remark.. (uncountable) Consent or agreement in spite of fact; indulgence.. (uncountable) Polite behavior.. (uncountable) Willingness or generosity in providing something needed.. A curtsey.

Words with the same origin as courtesy

Descendants of cortois
humility
Descendants of *sker-
course current debt delivery despite die due effect effort evidence exact example exchange exist expect expected expecting experience harry her here rape rock row say
Descendants of *kortos
court courthouse courtroom courtyard curt