courtly love


Definition of courtly love

: a late medieval conventionalized code prescribing conduct and emotions of ladies and their lovers

Examples of courtly love in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The day takes its name from St. Valentine of Terni, who has become linked with the idea of courtly love. Leada Gore |, al, "Valentine’s Day 2020: Quotes, inspiration to celebrate day of love, romance," 14 Feb. 2020 The structural necessity for demurral is why the wedded or betrothed have always provided such excellent seduction possibilities; think courtly love. Laura Kipnis, The Cut, "Should There Be a Future for Seduction?," 10 June 2018 The name for our modern holiday comes from St. Valentine of Terni, who has become linked with the idea of courtly love. Leada Gore,, "Valentine's Day 2018: Why do we celebrate Valentine's Day on Feb. 14? Fun facts, history and more," 14 Feb. 2018 Chaucer envisioned a linear decay of language and poetry stretching into the future, and Malory yearned to restore a (make-believe) past of courtly love. Eric Weiskott, Smithsonian, "The Timelessness of Millennial-Bashing," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of courtly love

1702, in the meaning defined above

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“Courtly love.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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