courteous mid-14c., earlier curteis (c.1300), from O.Fr. curteis (Mod.Fr. courtois) "having courtly bearing or manners," from curt "court" + -eis, from L. -ensis. Rare before c.1500. In feudal society, also denoting a man of good education (hence the name Curtis). Medieval courts were associated with good behavior and also beauty; e.g. Ger. hübsch "beautiful," from M.H.G. hübesch "beautiful," originally "courteous, well-bred," from O.Franconian hofesch, from hof "court." Related: Courteously (mid-14c., kurteis-liche).

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