from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Curtis, Benjamin Robbins 1809-1874. American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1851-1857). He resigned in protest after the Dred Scott decision.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. An English surname, originally a nickname for a refined or courtly person.
- proper n. A male given name transferred from the surname.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. English botanical writer and publisher (1746-1799)
From Old French corteis and curteis (Modern French courtois ("polite")), meaning courteous. (Wiktionary)