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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 ?
I knew you must be a person of distinction, by your fine presence and courtly address, and by the fact that you are not subjected to the indignity of hobbles, like myself and the rest.
This vastly amused the spectators, and even broke down their studied and courtly gravity and surprised them into laughter.
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.
Doctors who made great fortunes out of dainty remedies for imaginary disorders that never existed, smiled upon their courtly patients in the ante-chambers of Monseigneur.
Micawber took a seat, and waved his hand in his most courtly manner.
It is meeter for thy humour to be wooed with bow and bill, than in set terms, and in courtly language.
For, after having been accustomed several months to the sight and converse of this people, and observed every object upon which I cast mine eyes to be of proportionable magnitude, the horror I had at first conceived from their bulk and aspect was so far worn off, that if I had then beheld a company of English lords and ladies in their finery and birth-day clothes, acting their several parts in the most courtly manner of strutting, and bowing, and prating, to say the truth, I should have been strongly tempted to laugh as much at them as the king and his grandees did at me.
As for fixed abode, he said he had no other than that which chance offered wherever night might overtake him; and his words ended in an outburst of weeping so bitter that we who listened to him must have been very stones had we not joined him in it, comparing what we saw of him the first time with what we saw now; for, as I said, he was a graceful and gracious youth, and in his courteous and polished language showed himself to be of good birth and courtly breeding, and rustics as we were that listened to him, even to our rusticity his gentle bearing sufficed to make it plain.
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.
The old man motioned me in with his right hand with a courtly gesture, saying in excellent English, but with a strange intonation.
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.
Villefort's dusty garb, his costume, which was not of courtly cut, excited the susceptibility of M.