how to pronounce courtesy


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the above transcription of courtesy is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

courtesy is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of courtesy in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… Charlotte said it's really a courtesy to …”

meanings of courtesy


  1. Polite behavior.
  2. A curtsey.
  3. A polite gesture or remark, especially as opposed to an obligation or standard practice.
  4. Willingness or generosity in providing something needed.
  5. Consent or agreement in spite of fact; indulgence.
  6. The life interest that the surviving husband has in the real or heritable estate of his wife.


  1. Given or done as a polite gesture.
  2. Supplied free of charge.


  1. Alternative form of curtsey.

courtesy frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word courtesy occurs in english on average 14.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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