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
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Recent Examples on the Web Eigner's courtship of Randolph started with a supportive text and an open invitation to join the Cadets staff. David La Vaque, Star Tribune, 23 July 2021 From the very beginning of Ellie Monahan and Mark Dobrosky’s courtship, themed parties have played a pivotal role. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 14 July 2021 The Old Globe presents a mailbox-only production of Ken Ludwig’s play about his parents’ courtship by mail during World War II. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 June 2021 While both the Trump and Biden administrations have taken a tougher line toward China, Apple’s courtship of the Chinese government shows a disconnect between politicians in Washington and America’s wealthiest company. New York Times, 17 May 2021 And, in stark contrast to his parents’ brief and ill-fated courtship, William had taken eight years to pop the question that would thrust his girlfriend into the full glare of the spotlight. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 29 Apr. 2021 Tennessee’s courtship of Washington became public in March. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 28 Apr. 2021 Soon after new elections were called in December, Netanyahu begin a semi-public courtship of Abbas. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2021 Running July 7 — August 7, 2022, this is a piece about the wartime courtship of this prolific comedic writer’s own parents. Chris Jones,, 25 May 2021

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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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3 Aug 2021

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“Courtship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of courtship

somewhat old-fashioned : 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


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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