Definition of courtesy title in English:

courtesy title

noun

  • A title given to someone, especially the son or daughter of a peer, that has no legal validity:

    ‘he bore the courtesy title of Count of Champagne’
    • ‘Men don't have different courtesy titles to identify their marital status and I don't see why women should be expected to.’
    • ‘A baron's wife can use the courtesy title ‘Lady’.’
    • ‘The eldest son normally takes as his courtesy title the family viscountcy.’
    • ‘The title belonged to her knighted husband, hers is a subsidiary or courtesy title and portrayed in the manner described to denote this.’
    • ‘You see, I have nursed a particular point of irritation with Mr. Manager for some time, as he absolutely refuses to address me by any other courtesy title but ‘Miss.’’

Pronunciation

courtesy title