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court·ly

 (kôrt′lē)
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.
adv.
In a courtly manner; elegantly or politely.

court′li·ness n.

courtly

(ˈkɔːtlɪ)
adj, -lier or -liest
1. of or suitable for a royal court
2. refined in manner
3. ingratiating
ˈcourtliness n

court•ly

(ˈkɔrt li, ˈkoʊrt-)

adj. -li•er, -li•est,
adv. adj.
1. polite, refined, or elegant: courtly manners.
2. flattering; obsequious.
3. noting, pertaining to, or suitable for the court of a sovereign.
adv.
4. in a courtly manner; politely.
[1400–50]
court′li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.courtly - refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court; "a courtly gentleman"
dignified - having or expressing dignity; especially formality or stateliness in bearing or appearance; "her dignified demeanor"; "the director of the school was a dignified white-haired gentleman"

courtly

adjective ceremonious, civil, formal, obliging, refined, polite, dignified, stately, aristocratic, gallant, affable, urbane, decorous, chivalrous, highbred a large man with a gently, courtly manner

courtly

adjective
1. Characterized by elaborate but usually formal courtesy:
2. Fond of or given to ceremony:
Translations
لَطيف، متودِّد
uhlazenývytříbený
beleven
kurteis

courtly

[ˈkɔːtlɪ]
A. ADJcortés, elegante, fino
B. CPD courtly love Namor m cortés

courtly

[ˈkɔːrtli] adj (= polite) → courtois(e)court martial [courts martial] [ˌkɔːrtˈmɑːrʃəl] (pl) ncour f martialeCourt of Appeal (British) Court of Appeals (US) ncour f d'appelcourt of inquiry (mainly British) ncommission f d'enquêtecourt of law ntribunal mcourt order ndécision f judiciaire
a court order against sb → une décision judiciaire contre qn

courtly

adj mannershöflich; grace, elegancevornehm; courtly loveMinne f

courtly

[ˈkɔːtlɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) → cortese, raffinato/a

court

(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.
verb
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.
References in classic literature ?
This vastly amused the spectators, and even broke down their studied and courtly gravity and surprised them into laughter.
With the same polished courtesy that had marked their manner toward me they extended their greetings to the great Thark, nor, to my surprise, was he much behind them in ease of bearing or in courtly speech.
Again, to mark the nice distinction between two persons actuated by the same vice or folly is another; and, as this last talent is found in very few writers, so is the true discernment of it found in as few readers; though, I believe, the observation of this forms a very principal pleasure in those who are capable of the discovery; every person, for instance, can distinguish between Sir Epicure Mammon and Sir Fopling Flutter; but to note the difference between Sir Fopling Flutter and Sir Courtly Nice requires a more exquisite judgment: for want of which, vulgar spectators of plays very often do great injustice in the theatre; where I have sometimes known a poet in danger of being convicted as a thief, upon much worse evidence than the resemblance of hands hath been held to be in the law.
The old man motioned me in with his right hand with a courtly gesture, saying in excellent English, but with a strange intonation.
He was struck with its noble and stately aspect, but was of opinion that age and hard services had made it scarcely so fit for courtly company as when it stood in the Earl of Lincoln's hall.
Ellis was still a living patriarch, with an impressive head always covered by a velvet skull cap, for which he would apologize to public meetings in a very courtly manner.
The letter was read and reread until it was nearly worn out; everybody admired its courtly and gracious tone, and smooth and practiced style, everybody was sympathetic and excited, and the Coopers were steeped in happiness all the while.
And while the thrill of meeting lingers, soon As the first courtly words, the feast is spread, While, couched on flowers 'mid wine-cups flashing red, We drink deep draughts unto The Lady Moon.
They even say," remarked the "man of great merit" who did not yet possess courtly tact, "that his excellency made it an express condition that the sovereign himself should not be with the army.
Monseigneur received him in a courtly manner, but they did not shake hands.
Next was seen a stout man, dressed in rich and courtly attire, but not of courtly demeanor; his gait had the swinging motion of a seaman's walk, and chancing to stumble on the staircase, he suddenly grew wrathful, and was heard to mutter an oath.
It is meeter for thy humour to be wooed with bow and bill, than in set terms, and in courtly language.