courtship


court·ship

noun \-ˌship\

: the activities that occur when people are developing a romantic relationship that could lead to marriage or the period of time when such activities occur

: the behavior of animals that leads to sexual activity or the period of time when such behavior occurs

: an attempt to convince someone to support you or to choose you or your organization

Full Definition of COURTSHIP

:  the act, process, or period of courting

Examples of COURTSHIP

  1. They had a two-year courtship before marrying.
  2. The male of the species often displays aggression during courtship.
  3. the President's courtship of middle-class voters

First Known Use of COURTSHIP

1596

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