courtship


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court·ship

 (kôrt′shĭp′)
n.
1. The act, process, or period of courting.
2. Zoology Specialized behavior in animals that leads to or initiates mating.

courtship

(ˈkɔːtʃɪp)
n
1. the act, period, or art of seeking the love of someone with intent to marry
2. the seeking or soliciting of favours
3. obsolete courtly behaviour

court•ship

(ˈkɔrt ʃɪp, ˈkoʊrt-)

n.
the act, process, or period of courting.
[1580–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.courtship - a man's courting of a womancourtship - a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman (usually with the hope of marriage); "its was a brief and intense courtship"
appeal, entreaty, prayer - earnest or urgent request; "an entreaty to stop the fighting"; "an appeal for help"; "an appeal to the public to keep calm"
bundling - a onetime custom during courtship of unmarried couples occupying the same bed without undressing

courtship

noun wooing, courting, suit, romance, pursuit, engagement, keeping company After a short courtship, she accepted his marriage proposal.

courtship

noun
Romantic attentions:
address (often used in plural), suit.
Translations
تودُّد، مُغازلّـه
dvořenínámluvy
bejlen
udvarlás
biîlun
dvorenie
kur yapma

courtship

[ˈkɔːtʃɪp] N (= act) → cortejo m; (= period) → noviazgo m

courtship

n (dated)(Braut)werbung f (dated)(of um); during their courtshipwährend er um sie warb or freite (dated)

courtship

[ˈkɔːtʃɪp] ncorteggiamento

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 ?
The story of Doctor Reefy and his courtship of the tall dark girl who became his wife and left her money to him is a very curious story.
Had the poor boy suddenly gone mad, or was this vicarious farewell a part of the courtship of Devil's Ford?
Clare began to drop off those gallantries and small attentions which flowed at first through the habitude of courtship, he found his sultana no way ready to resign her slave; there were abundance of tears, poutings, and small tempests, there were discontents, pinings, upbraidings.
I could not unlove him, because I felt sure he would soon marry this very lady--because I read daily in her a proud security in his intentions respecting her--because I witnessed hourly in him a style of courtship which, if careless and choosing rather to be sought than to seek, was yet, in its very carelessness, captivating, and in its very pride, irresistible.
Gummidge, whose courtship would appear to have been of an exactly parallel nature, she was so continually reminded by these transactions of the old one.
The stupidity with which he was favoured by nature must guard his courtship from any charm that could make a woman wish for its continuance; and Miss Lucas, who accepted him solely from the pure and disinterested desire of an establishment, cared not how soon that establishment were gained.
I am not about to discuss the proprieties of courtship with you, Mr.
It was true that they were not actually necessary for their comfort; but the house as it had been decided upon was so interwoven with memories of her courtship and all that was lovable in Martin; it had become so real to her, that it was as if some dear possession were being torn to pieces before her eyes.
At moments, in spite of thought, she would reply to their inquiries with a manner of superiority, as if recognizing that her experiences in the field of courtship had, indeed, been slightly enviable.
He had a maddening habit of discussing the progress of his courtship in the manner of an impartial lecturer.
This was his courtship, and it lasted all through the summer.
This amazed Nicholas and even made him regard Bolkonski's courtship skeptically.