courtesy title

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:
1860–65

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courtesy title
 
n
any of several titles having no legal significance, such as those borne by the children of peers

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