Definition of curtesy in English:

curtesy

noun

Law
historical
  • A tenure by which a husband, after his wife's death, held certain kinds of property that she had inherited.

    • ‘The wife's dower entitled her to one third of the husband's property on his death; curtesy, a similar right of the husband in the wife's property, accrued only if children had been born of the marriage.’

Pronunciation:

curtesy

/ˈkərdəsē/