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courtesy title

noun
1.
a title applied or assumed through custom, courtesy, or association and without regard for its being officially merited.
2.
a title allowed by custom, as to the children of dukes.
Origin of courtesy title
1860-1865
1860-65
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  • At his own house, he addressed his ward by his Christian name: in the office, as managing clerk, he prefixed the courtesy title.

  • It seems such a farce to give them the courtesy title of sovereignty.

    Peking Dust Ellen N. La Motte
  • Mr. Severance—the courtesy title at least is due him—seems to be a man with quite a number of costly possessions.

    Young People's Pride Stephen Vincent Benet
  • The pause after the courtesy title was significant, and Griswold filled it promptly.

    The Price Francis Lynde
  • The younger sons of earls, and both eldest and younger sons of viscounts and barons, only bear the courtesy title of honourable.

  • The daughters of viscounts and barons also bear the courtesy title of honourable.

  • It is also given as a courtesy title to the senior officer of a squadron of more than three vessels.

  • I don't disgrace the Duke's family name, for I've dropped it, nor any courtesy title, for I don't use any.

  • There never had been a Mr. Fuzzey, although she always gave herself the courtesy title of Mrs.

    Furze the Cruel John Trevena
  • The courtesy title was bestowed upon him by the State Legislature in recognition of his great services to that body.

British Dictionary definitions for courtesy title

courtesy title

noun
1.
any of several titles having no legal significance, such as those borne by the children of peers
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