court·​ship | \ ˈkȯrt-ˌship How to pronounce courtship (audio) \

Definition of courtship

: the act, process, or period of courting

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Examples of courtship in a Sentence

They had a two-year courtship before marrying. The male of the species often displays aggression during courtship. the President's courtship of middle-class voters
Recent Examples on the Web Against the backdrop of this courtship, rumors have also started to swirl that Pugh, the lead of Don’t Worry, Darling, was unhappy with Wilde and Styles’ relationship. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 31 Aug. 2022 Still, most of the small council approves of the courtship. Randall Colburn,, 29 Aug. 2022 And once again Ephron slyly pokes at the tropes of courtship, using the grammar of classic, nineteen-fifties romance films to critique the genre. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2022 Most friendships require a bit of courtship to get going. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, 10 June 2022 Each culture and generation has its own particular symbols of courtship. Bon Appétit, 24 May 2022 Court is illustrated with an image of a tennis court and the hand of a man holding flowers in an act of courtship. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 That’s why Holden, who is also a soccer analyst for Fox Sports, likened Tuesday’s dinner at the science center to the start of a courtship. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2021 The three-minute film, discovered at USC in 2017, features vaudeville performers Gertie Brown and Saint Suttle in a flirtatious courtship. Diane Haithman, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of courtship

1596, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of courtship was in 1596

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20 Sep 2022

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“Courtship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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court·​ship | \ ˈkȯrt-ˌship How to pronounce courtship (audio) \

Kids Definition of courtship

: the act of seeking the love or companionship of someone

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