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courtship

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noun court·ship \-ˌship\

Simple Definition of courtship

  • : 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

  1. :  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



1596

First Known Use of courtship

1596


COURTSHIP Defined for Kids

courtship

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noun court·ship \ˈkȯrt-ˌship\

Definition of courtship

  1. :  the act of seeking the love or companionship of someone





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