Definition of courtship
: the act, process, or period of courting
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 of courtship from the Web
When a study came out in 2007 showing that male chimpanzees sometimes sexually coerce females—assaulting and chasing them as a kind of violent, bullying courtship—Huchard and her colleagues wondered whether baboons behaved similarly.
But who will get the best of the prickly Putin-Macron courtship remains to be seen.
Just as this year's courtship is toned down from last summer's circus in the Hamptons with Durant, so have been the pitches with Hayward.
A compelling portrait emerges of their courtship, and of Ali as a young husband.
Now, his movie The Big Sick is about to be released, a film written by married comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon about their real-life courtship.
Teenagers and young adults also jump over bonfires — sometimes while holding hands with a potential suitor as a courtship ritual.
Crocodylians provide an obvious analogy here, their sensitive facial receptors (the integumentary sense organs – or ISOs – in particular) being involved in the face-stroking and nuzzling that occurs during courtship.
Some of the courtship scenes between Fannie and Wil, for example, are unnecessarily long.
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First Known Use of courtship
COURTSHIP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of courtship for English Language Learners
: 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
COURTSHIP Defined for Kids
Definition of courtship for Students
: the act of seeking the love or companionship of someone
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