court·​ship ˈkȯrt-ˌship How to pronounce courtship (audio)
: 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
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Word History

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of courtship was in 1596

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“Courtship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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court·​ship -ˌship How to pronounce courtship (audio)
: the act or process of courting

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