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adj. court·li·er, court·li·est
1. Suitable for a royal court; stately: courtly furniture and pictures.
2. Elegant; refined: courtly manners.
3. Flattering in an insincere way; obsequious.
In a courtly manner; elegantly or politely.

court′li·ness n.
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Noun1.courtliness - elegance suggestive of a royal court
elegance - a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste; "she conveys an aura of elegance and gentility"
لَطافَه، تودُّد، كَياسَه
hofmennska; viîhafnarleg kurteisi


n (= politeness)Höflichkeit f; (= refinement)Vornehmheit f


(koːt) noun
1. a place where legal cases are heard. a magistrates' court; the High Court.
2. the judges and officials of a legal court. The accused is to appear before the court on Friday.
3. a marked-out space for certain games. a tennis-court; a squash court.
4. the officials, councillors etc of a king or queen. the court of King James.
5. the palace of a king or queen. Hampton Court.
6. an open space surrounded by houses or by the parts of one house.
1. to try to win the love of; to woo.
2. to try to gain (admiration etc).
3. to seem to be deliberately risking (disaster etc).
ˈcourtier (-tiə) noun
a member of the court of a king or queen. He was one of King James' courtiers.
ˈcourtly adjective
having fine manners.
ˈcourtliness noun
ˈcourtship noun
courting or wooing.
ˈcourthouse noun
a building where legal cases are held.
ˌcourt-ˈmartialplural ˌcourts-ˈmartial noun
a court held by officers of the armed forces to try offences against discipline.
ˈcourtyard noun
a court or enclosed ground beside, or surrounded by, a building. the courtyard of the castle.
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Laurence, hale and hearty as ever, was quite as much improved as the others by his foreign tour, for the crustiness seemed to be nearly gone, and the old-fashioned courtliness had received a polish which made it kindlier than ever.
There was a delicious irony in the offer, in the courtliness of giving preference on such a ghastly occasion.
He treated Miss Denison as no parent ever treated a child, with a gallantry and a courtliness quite beautiful to watch, and not a little touching in the light of the circumstances under which they were travelling together.
His other distinctive quality is the tone of somewhat artificial courtliness which was soon to mark the lyrics of the other poets of the Cavalier party.
Confident of the power of her charms, Winnie did not expect from her husband in the daily intercourse of their married life a ceremonious amenity of address and courtliness of manner; vain and antiquated forms at best, probably never very exactly observed, discarded nowadays even in the highest spheres, and always foreign to the standards of her class.
The hotel's revival is personified by the courtliness of the uniformed and top-hatted bell crew who greet you upon arrival and are prepared to assist guests in any way during their stay, whether whisking bags to their room almost before they have finished registering, having their car purring at the curb within moments when needed, providing clear, easy-to-follow directions to every famous attraction or obscure bistro, giving unfailingly accurate restaurant recommendations, or finding time to dispense Louisville lore without neglecting other duties.
Her Prince Charming is Will Richardson, a young blond actor with a good singing voice and a bright future who is to be congratulated for turning a sow's ear into a silk purse and leaving a very pleasant memory of courtliness and good manners.
I believe there should be more chivalry, courtesy and courtliness in the House of Commons than is evident now.
Despite his irresponsibility, there's always a kindness, even a courtliness, that makes it hard not to like him.
Tom Lantos combined the courtliness and sophistication of his native Hungary with a deep pride in being an American.
They're immortal and they represent an old world courtliness which is not in our society anymore," says the 41-year-old, explaining the perpetual lure of blood suckers.
It should be distinguished from the medieval phrase fin amour, first found in the 13th-century Provencal poet Macabru, which describes courtliness or, sometimes, genteel practices of courtship, characterized by virtues such as self-effacement, fidelity, and a willingness for delayed gratification.