Definition of curtsy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(also curtsey) noun
BrE BrE//ˈkɜːtsi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɜːrtsi//
(pl. curtsies, curtseys)
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a formal sign made by a woman in a dance or to say hello or goodbye to an important person, by bending her knees with one foot in front of the other Word Originearly 16th cent.: variant of courtesy. Both forms were used to denote the expression of respect or courtesy by a gesture, especially in phrases such as do courtesy, make courtesy, and from this arose the current use (late 16th cent.).

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