courtly

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adjective

court·​ly ˈkȯrt-lē How to pronounce courtly (audio)
courtlier; courtliest
1
a
: of a quality befitting the court : elegant
b
: insincerely flattering
2
: favoring the policy or party of the court
courtliness noun

courtly

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adverb

: in a courtly manner : politely

Examples of courtly in a Sentence

Adjective his courtly manners made him a favorite escort of widowed socialites
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
From there, ravioli made its way into the courtly kitchens of the northern provinces. Dawn Davis Sharon Radisch Soneela Nankani Emma Kehlbeck Joel Thibodeau, New York Times, 13 May 2024 At 21, George crossed paths with James I, who also ruled Scotland as King James VI, in August 1614 at Apethorpe, a courtly home in rural Northamptonshire. TIME, 5 Apr. 2024
Adverb
The courtly intrigue frequently takes on a goofy, vulgar bent. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 June 2024 Best of all is the lively triple-time finale, which evokes the long history of courtly hunting music, with an alluring short section in minor key. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for courtly 

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

circa 1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of courtly was in the 15th century

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“Courtly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/courtly. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

courtly

adjective
court·​ly
ˈkō(ə)rt-lē,
ˈkȯ(ə)rt-
: suitable to a royal court : elegant
courtly manners
courtliness noun

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