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courtly

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adjective court·ly \ ˈkȯrt-lē \

Definition of courtly

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

Examples of courtly in a Sentence

  1. his courtly manners made him a favorite escort of widowed socialites

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First Known Use of courtly

15th century


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courtly

adverb

Definition of courtly

:in a courtly manner :politely

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First Known Use of courtly

circa 1592


COURTLY Defined for English Language Learners

courtly

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adjective

Definition of courtly for English Language Learners

  • : polite and graceful in a formal way


COURTLY Defined for Kids

courtly

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adjective court·ly \ ˈkȯrt-lē \

Definition of courtly for Students

courtlier; courtliest
:polite and graceful in a formal way
  • courtly manners


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